Ishikawa to DL; Loe ailing
The Brewers placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, one of several new names added to the team’s growing list of injured players.
Ishikawa is suffering from a left rib-cage strain and will be replaced beginning Monday by Brooks Conrad, who was 0-for-21 in his first stint with the Brewers this season.
Manager Ron Roenicke revealed Ishikawa’s previously undisclosed ailment on Sunday morning after meeting behind closed doors with his coaches and then with assistant general manager Gord Ash. They discussed how to best manage the myriad of issues facing the Brewers, who have six players on the disabled list plus a handful dealing with bumps and bruises.
By the end of the day, the latter group included:
— Reliever Kameron Loe, who Roenicke revealed was not available this weekend in Arizona because of right elbow discomfort;
— Catcher George Kottaras, who experienced hamstring cramping while scoring a run in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the D-backs and is considered day-to-day;
— Center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is still not running at 100 percent since returning from a hamstring strain;
— And third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was forced to miss a second straight start Sunday with a bruised left elbow.
Ramirez was hurt on a ninth-inning hit by pitch on Friday night. The Brewers were hopeful he’d play Sunday; now that same sense of hope shifts to Monday in Los Angeles.
“We’re banged up,” Roenicke said.
Ishikawa started feeling discomfort on his left side during the Brewers’ May 16-17 visit to Houston, though he’s not sure how he was hurt. He has played in five games since then.
“I’m trying to play through it,” Ishikawa said on Sunday morning, hours before he landed on the DL.
With Ishikawa out, the Brewers could use a combination of Corey Hart, the erstwhile right fielder, Conrad and young Taylor Green at first base. But as long as Ramirez remains sidelined, the Brewers also need Green at third.
Gomez’s issue is less concerning. He spent two weeks on the DL this month and has been working back to full speed.
“He doesn’t really feel it, but there’s always that apprehensiveness of not going 100 percent,” Roenicke said. “He doesn’t want to go like ‘Gomey’ usually goes. It affects his game.”
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