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Corey Knebel is being investigated for UCL injury

20:09 pm: GM David Stearns says the team is still not sure how to name the damage to Knebel's UCL as Haudricourt Tweets . But the organization "knows [s] that it is damaged to some extent."

18:52: Gag has an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament, Counsell told reporters tonight. (About Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; links to Twitter .) This is certainly worrying at first sight, though it is said that it is not a complete tear of the ligament. It is also not a new injury, although it is not clear whether additional damage may have occurred.

It is currently unknown whether the disease needs surgery and / or the season of gag finishes before it starts. He should get a second opinion. [194559002] 12:45 pm: Brewers Closer Corey Knebel will have his right elbow examined today, manager Craig Counsell told reporters ( Twitter link [19459006)] about Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal -Sentinel). The athlete Robert Murray had previously written that he turns back from throwing because of elbow problems. Counsell acknowledged that there is cause for concern.

The gag injury makes it all the more obvious why Milwaukee recently contacted Craig Kimbrel to discuss a possible fit. It was already known that Jeremy Jeffress would open the season on the injured list – although Basebal Operations President David Stearns said this week, Jeffress could be back in the middle or end of April. It now seems likely that Gag will join him to start the year.

Knebel, Jeffress and Josh Hader teamed for much of the regular season to form an overwhelming large-capacity trio. All three K / 9 points were 10.5 or better, while Hader and Jeffress checked in at ERA south of 2.50. Knebel's ERA was not quite as sensational, largely due to a slump in August, but he did not allow his last 16 1/3 regular-season innings to run over and a ridiculous 33-to-3 K / BB ratio on the Path. In the season he averaged 14.3 rashes per nine innings.

There is no indication that Jeffress's shoulder problem is a long-term problem, but the situation around Gag is so far ominous (or at least vague). If the brewers eventually turn to Kimbrel in the face of the bullpen problems that have come this spring, they will have to part with their fourth round draft as Kimbrel has rejected a Red Sox qualifying offer. The Brewers have already given up their third round for signing Yasmani Grandal and their current contract projects with a franchise record of $ 127.5 million.

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