Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Narveson has been reportedly placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn left rotator cuff. Narveson is scheduled to get an MRI scan of his shoulder on Friday and will meet with the Brewers training staff to discuss the significance of the injury.
“It will be two weeks, probably longer, but until the doctor sees him it would be premature to say more,” assistant general manager Gordon Ash said, according to Adam McCalvy.
With Narveson likely to miss at least two weeks, it seems Milwaukee will send Marco Estrada to the mound on Saturday. Estrada pitched a significant amount of time in the starting rotation last season, with Zack Greinke and Narveson both serving time on the disabled list.
The Brewers also called-up right-handed reliever Mike McClendon, who was a heavy favorite to make the roster, from Triple-A Nashville and prospect Wily Peralta, a right-handed pitcher who is highly regarded as Milwaukee’s No. 1 pitching prospect.
Peralta will only be in the majors shortly as he is expected to be sent back down when reliever Kameron Loe returns from his leave of absence. Loe’s grandfather, his hero and idol, passed away this past week.
In seven starts last season, Estrada posted a 3-2 record with a 3.70 ERA. He is more than qualified to take over for Narveson and could be an upgrade considering how inconsistent the starting rotation has been thus far this season. Estrada pitched exceptionally well in Greinke’s absence and was a big reason why the Brewers were full of confidence offensively last year.
I am also a big fan of McClendon as he pitched very well for the Brewers last season. He went 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only three walks in 13.2 innings pitched. I had McClendon as a favorite to make the roster out of spring training, but Milwaukee needed at least one left-handed reliever in the bullpen which is why they went with Manny Parra.