Soon after a great moment from last night’s game (Jason Heyward’s rare homer), there was a really ugly moment, as Brewers closer Corey Knebel – in the game just to get some work in – crumpled to the dirt in a heap after delivering a pitch.
This is bad news for the Brewers as Corey Knebel goes down with an injury. pic.twitter.com/wpJGeBnbi9
— Justus Cleveland (@JustusCleveland) April 6, 2018
The way he reacted and where he was grabbing … it just looked bad. Knebel ultimately had to be helped off the field after a lengthy delay.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed after the game that Knebel will be going on the disabled list, and that was before he even had an MRI (which will be today). You could tell from Counsell’s session after the game that he was not feeling good about the situation:
The injury will take Knebel out for the rest of this series, and then a yet undetermined length of time thereafter. The Brewers will get a fresh arm up to replace him today, but losing Knebel for any significant stretch of time will be quite a blow. The 26-year-old righty really broke out last year, posting a 1.78 ERA over 76.0 innings, while striking out 40.8% of the batters he faced. He was unquestionably one of the best relievers in baseball, and was worth a whopping 2.8 WAR (an incredibly high number for a reliever).
Losing him stings.
I’m always careful in how I share this kind of news, because I’m not interested in tap-dancing about injuries – they will come for the Cubs, too – but I do want to impart upon you just how big this injury is. I suppose Counsell’s sober countenance in that video does a good job of expressing how bad this is for the Brewers, and, by extension, good for the other contenders in the NL Central. You may not want to see guys get hurt, but it happens, and we have to be frank about the implications for the Cubs.
The Brewers without Knebel are less formidable. Let’s just leave it there for now.