No struc­tural dam­age for Al­bers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Todd Rosiak and Tom Hau­dri­court

All things con­sid­ered, the visit Matt Al­bers had with team physi­cian Wil­liam Raasch re­gard­ing his in­jured right shoul­der was a pos­i­tive one.

There is no struc­tural dam­age, ac­cord­ing to Raasch, and the re­liever will rest and re­ha­bil­i­tate with the hope of re­turn­ing to the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers from the 10-day dis­abled list sooner than later.

“He’s got a right shoul­der strain or ro­ta­tor cuff strain,” man­ager Craig Coun­sell said be­fore Wed­nes­day’s se­ries fi­nale with the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.

“We’ll treat it through the week­end and early next week. Hope­fully, by then he’s on the mend and it’ll be some­thing short term. Then we’ll do some­thing to test it fur­ther. So, we’re treat­ing it con­ser­va­tively for now. It’s get him pain free and then start throw­ing again.”

Al­bers last pitched in the se­ries opener Mon­day, al­low­ing the clinch­ing home run to An­thony Rizzo in the 11th in­ning and was charged with five earned runs in the even­tual 7-2 loss.

He re­ported shoul­der sore­ness af­ter the game and was placed on the DL on Tues­day.

With over 10 years of ma­jor-league ser­vice, Al­bers has had some shoul­der is­sues. He missed al­most all of 2014 while with the Hous­ton Astros due to ro­ta­tor cuff ten­dini­tis and also had a stint on the 60-day DL in 2008 with shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion.

“I’ve had a labrum in­jury and a sub­scap(ular)

in­jury, and this feels dif­fer­ent in a dif­fer­ent spot,” said Al­bers, who is 3-2 with a 3.45 earned run av­er­age over 25 ap­pear­ances (28 2/3 in­nings).

“So, just time to take a break and hope­fully we can get it right in not too long and get back.”

Williams makes his mark: With Al­bers side­lined, rookie re­liever Tay­lor

Williams will see more high-lever­age si­t­u­a­tions, such as work­ing the eighth in­ning Tues­day night in the 4-0 vic­tory over the Cubs.

But that’s re­ally noth­ing new be­cause Coun­sell has be­come more and more com­fort­able with us­ing Williams with games on the line.

And why not? In 23 ap­pear­ances, Williams has posted a 2.13 ERA, with only 14 hits al­lowed and 35 strike­outs in 251⁄3 in­nings. Op­po­nents are bat­ting .157 against him, and he has re­tired the first hit­ter 17 times.

“The whole sea­son has been an even pro­gres­sion for Tay­lor,” Coun­sell said. “

“We’re all see­ing what a good arm he has. It’s no­tice­able with the way the hit­ters swing against him, the swing-and­miss he’s get­ting. It’s re­ally good stuff, and it’s get­ting bet­ter.”

Barnes back on track: Coun­sell also has been pleased with the way Jacob

Barnes has pitched since re­turn­ing from a two-week stint at Class AAA Colorado Springs. Barnes was sent down to work on his com­mand, which had lapsed, and has been much sharper in re­cent out­ings.

In seven ap­pear­ances since re­join­ing the Brew­ers, Barnes has al­lowed three hits, no runs and no walks while log­ging six strike­outs.

“One of the things with Jacob is he doesn’t al­ways have to be right in the strike zone,” Coun­sell said. “But you’ve got to be around the strike zone. At times, his misses have been big, and they’re ‘takes’ for the hit­ter. But when his misses are small, it’s re­ally prob­lem­atic for the hit­ter be­cause of his ve­loc­ity.”

Brew­ers hire Min­naert: Fox Sports Wis­con­sin side­line reporter Sophia

Min­naert has been hired by the Brew­ers as the team’s new broad­cast and dig­i­tal fea­tures con­tent direc­tor.

A Madi­son na­tive and Mar­quette Univer­sity grad­u­ate who’s been in­volved in Brew­ers broad­casts since 2013, Min­naert will con­tinue to act as both a host and reporter for FSW dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and in spring train­ing. She also will pro­duce and host dig­i­tal fea­tures in both English and Span­ish that will be shared on a va­ri­ety of plat­forms.

BENNY SIEU / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Matt Al­bers com­plained of shoul­der pain af­ter pitch­ing Mon­day night.

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