The Milwaukee Brewers lost by 12 runs Sunday to the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yet the Brewers still won three of four in the series despite being ravaged by injuries.
Major help could be on the way as the Brewers open a four-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich (back injury) and Lorenzo Cain (quad) could return as early as Monday. Yelich hasn’t played since April 11 and Cain since April 13.
“It’s going to be in the Philadelphia series,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said when asked about the return of two key players. “I mean, I understand there’s great interest. When I have information, I’ll give it to you. We just haven’t made a decision yet.”
As of Sunday morning, the Brewers had 17 players on the injured list. Yet they continue to be tough with a 17-11 record, including 9-3 on the road.
And two clutch players are on the verge of returning.
“That would be a really big deal if we got both of them back this next series in Philly,” said Adrian Houser, who is scheduled to start for Milwaukee on Monday. “Even just getting one of them back is a big deal. I think just getting Kolten (Wong) back — what was it, a week or two ago? I think that was just a big boost to the offense and a big boost to the team, so I can only imagine when we get LoCain and Yeli back in there, what it will do for us.”
Houser, a right-hander, is 2-2 with a 3.65 earned-run average in five starts. In three career games totaling five innings against the Phillies, he is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
The Phillies will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they open this series against the Brewers.
On Sunday, the Phillies fell 8-7 in a wild game against the Mets. Didi Gregorius and Andrew McCutchen each homered. Rhys Hoskins appeared to tie the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but after an official review, it was deemed to be a two-run double off the top of the wall.
Philadelphia reliever Jose Alvarado appealed a three-game league suspension from Friday’s skirmish with the Mets’ Dominic Smith. But Alvarado failed to record an out Sunday and gave up one hit, three runs and two walks.
“There’s so much more emotion that’s allowed in this game, and it’s actually encouraged, that I think sometimes things like this are going to happen,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the fallout. The unfortunate thing is, people want to see emotion, but managers don’t want to see players suspended. To me, it really kind of stinks.”
Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (0-0, 6.57 ERA) will start for the third time in place of Matt Moore. In Velasquez’s first two starts, he has a 5.40 ERA. In four career games (two starts) against the Brewers, he is 1-1 with a 13.50 ERA.
Moore has been sent to the bullpen after a rough start to the season.
“I know it’s been hard for Matt,” Girardi said. “We want to get him in there. It’s just picking that right scenario.”
Bryce Harper (facial injury) and J.T. Realmuto (hand) each returned to the lineup Sunday and combined to finish 1-for-8.
–Field Level Media