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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson

By on 8/02/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday by the score of 7-4. The win improved the Brewers to 61-49, two and a half games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central. The Brewers opened the game with a four-run sixth inning to defeat Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. The Brewers were without Scooter Gennett, who injured his finger during batting practice. There was news on Jim Henderson, who finished his rehab assignment, but is not ready to rejoin the team.

Our own Evan Petzold reported on July 29 that Gennett returned to the lineup after missing five straight games with a strained right quad. As it turned out, he was not able to stay in the lineup for an extended period of time, but not because of his recent quad injury.

As reported by Adam McCalvy and Teddy Cahill of, Gennett was scratched from Friday's game after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch during batting practice. The injury occurred when Gennett was working on bunting and the pitch hit the tip of his left index finger. X-rays were negative and he's listed as day-to-day.

Gennett, in his second Major League season, is batting .302 with eight home runs and 35 RBI this season.  In 69 games as a rookie, Gennett hit .302 with six home runs and 21 RBI.

As for Henderson, on Friday the Brewers announced that he was not ready to rejoin the team despite the fact that his 30-day Minor League rehab assignment had expired.  Henderson was sent to the team's year round facility in Phoenix to continue working on strengthening his right shoulder.

Henderson's velocity is still down and he feels he's not ready to return, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
"But the thing is, if we bring him with us, I don't think I can pitch him three days in a row. And face it, these guys have to be able to do things like that. I just don't know with our roster and where it is, how we would be able to do something like that, especially if he says he doesn't feel he's ready."
Henderson, a 31-year old from Canada, is in his third Major League season.  Last year, he was 5-5 with a 2.70 ERA.  In  61 games, he allowed only 44 hits and struck out 75 in 60 innings.  He's struck out 17 in 11 1/3 innings this season, but has also allowed three home runs, nine earned runs and 14 hits.

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