Despite a nearly month-long anticipation of Aaron Ashby’s return to game action for the Milwaukee Brewers, the left-hander has yet to make an appearance. Manager Craig Counsell indicated on Tuesday that a decision is expected soon as Ashby continues throwing bullpens and building up the foundation of his rehab.
“We’ve got to make a decision here,” said Counsell from Dodger Stadium prior to the Brewers’ series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Actually we talked about it this afternoon. We’ve got a one-game schedule lined up and he may make another one.”
Counsell noted that Ashby had not suffered any setbacks or plateaus in his progress, stressing the importance of ensuring that he is at full velocity and effort before getting him in games. “It’s just foundationally, it’s starting game competition and feeling perfect,” said Counsell. “That’s how he should start. That’s how we want him to start.”
Although Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Aaron Ashby missed all of spring training, the possibility of him playing this year is still on the table. However, manager Craig Counsell emphasizes that there are various hurdles left to be cleared before Ashby could take the mound.
Counsell voices his concern that during a critical stretch of games, limitations placed on players by injuries may leave the Brewers hindered in their performance. He continues by noting that for any pitcher, velocity will be challenged and monitored as they progress towards readiness.
At present, only time will tell if the promise of Ashby’s contribution in important innings for the Brewers comes to fruition. Clearly, assessments must be done with regards to whether he can recover fully from injury and operate at full capacity. It is now up to both player and team to make the best decision for their season ahead.
The Milwaukee Brewers are likely to hold off from activating first baseman Rowdy Tellez from the injured list until the conclusion of their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tellez was batting a meager .111 prior to his start in the Class AAA Nashville on Saturday, thus the priority for the team is to get him back on track offensively before deciding on a corresponding roster move.
“We have to get Rowdy swinging the bat well,” Manager Craig Counsell remarked. “He needs to do that so there can be some spots available for at-bats when he rejoins the club.”
In a separate development, relief pitcher J.C. Mejía has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Mejía has had an ERA of 5.56 through nine games for the Brewers so far this season, and his performance took a turn for the worse after giving up three runs in an inning of play against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday. Correspondingly, Trevor Megill will be called up by Milwaukee as a replacement.