Christian Yelich took some swings in the batting cage, but his right oblique was still sore.
So the Milwaukee Brewers placed him on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, four days after one of their prized offseason acquisitions got hurt during a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Yelich went on the DL retroactive to Thursday.
The fact I don’t remember doing it on a specific swing is probably good news, Yelich said before the Brewers played the Chicago Cubs. Discomfort kind of grew, and as a precaution, to make sure it wasn’t worse, we kind of toned it back a little bit. It’s really frustrating, you know? That’s the biggest thing.
The Brewers are well prepared to withstand a short-term injury to one of their core players. Stocked with outfield depth, Milwaukee can give more playing time to slugger Domingo Santana.
Jesus Aguilar could also get more time at first base, with starter Eric Thames able to play the outfield.
We’re going to miss [Yelich’s] left-handed bat, I think that’s the big thing, Counsell said. But we’re equipped that way roster-wise obviously [to] have another really capable player get some playing time.
It has been a tough week with injuries for the Brewers, who placed All-Star closer Corey Knebel on the disabled list on Friday with a strained right hamstring.
They’ve added three new right-handed relievers over the weekend, with Adrian Houser called up from Double-A Biloxi to replace Knebel.
On Saturday, J.J. Hoover’s contract was selected from Triple-A and starter Brandon Woodruff was optioned to Colorado Springs.
Williams pitched in one game at Colorado Springs, getting a save on Thursday at Omaha.
Smith was arraigned Thursday on three charges of violating a protective order, which was issued when he was arraigned March 12 for his original domestic violence charges stemming from a March 3 incident with his fiancée. He turned himself in on those charges on March 23 but failed to show for a court appearance two weeks ago before making his appearance Thursday. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, which monitors alcohol use through sweat, and released.
Smith was booked for violating a condition of his electronic monitoring, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nancy Crowley told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Smith’s fiancée, Shawna McKnight, said in a statement to TMZ Sports that, Unfortunately through these circumstances Aldon and I are no longer together.
Although it’s with a heavy heart, I truly wish him the best and pray he gets the help he needs. I will always have love for him, but at this point I’m simply the victim in this ongoing case, she said.