Brewers Skipper Craig Counsell today said that the Topstarter Brandon Woodruff made his long awaited appearance will be back tomorrow when Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was among those he wanted to report ( Twitter links ). He falls since the end of July with an oblique load.
Without the remaining Under-league games for rehab work, Woodruff will obviously not hit the ground at full speed. The brewers clearly plan a short trip, but how long he has not been betrayed. The club announced that the seasoned left-hander Gio Gonzalez Woodruff will lose the ball.
It will be interesting to see how 26-year-old Woodruff throws back after his return. There are signs that the team is optimistic about their work so far, although the playing conditions will be another challenge. In a tight race after the season, Counsell has to pull as much value out of Woodruff as possible while making sure that the valuable young bowler is not pushed too far too fast.
If the Milwaukee organization can sneak up on you in the postseason, Woodruff will be a fascinating part of the picture. He probably will not be ready to take on the full workload of the starter, but could be used at the same time. And it's clear that his workload could increase with each trip, which could make Woodruff an ever-increasing factor.
Woodruff will still not be two full years in the MLB service at the end of the season, so he shies away from arbitration eligibility. But he is well on the way to qualifying as a Super Two at the end of the 2020 campaign. Woodruff is an important piece of the puzzle in the near future in Milwaukee. So far in 2019 he has thrown 117 2/3 innings of 3.75 ERA balls with a strong combination of 10.4 K / 9 and 2.2 BB / 9.