Estrada will miss a few starts due to a right quadriceps strain he suffered after hitting a two-RBI double off of starter Barry Zito in the bottom of the first inning. Estrada was running fine down the first-base line but as soon as he reached the bag he pulled up in obvious pain. He still managed to limp to second base but he clinched his right quadriceps the entire way.
The Brewers will recall reliever Mike McClendon from Class AAA Nashville. This will be McClendon’s second time in the majors this season. He looked outstanding in spring training but unfortunately that did not carry over when he was called up in late April. He posted a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 innings pitched before being sent back down to the minors.
Considering Estrada will be missing in action for quite some time and McClendon is a reliever, the Brewers seem to be comfortable promoting within the organization. The best guess is former starter Manny Parra will take the reins until Estrada gets back. However, if Parra pitches lights out, something he is capable of doing, there is a good chance he will remain in the starting lineup even after Estrada is healthy. Expect Parra to be on the mound May 29 when the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In other related news, Milwaukee has claimed Cody Ransom off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, ironically the team the Brewers play this weekend. Ransom batted .269 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 17 games for the Diamondbacks this season. Edwin Maysonet has been sent down to Class AAA Nashville to make room on the team. The move was made primarily to boost the offense at the shortstop position.