Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

Brewers righty lands on DL; Fiers, Blazek among options for Wednesday start

Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

MILWAUKEE -- On Monday morning, Brewers manager Craig Counsell still clung to hope that right-hander Wily Peralta would be able to make a Wednesday start against the Giants as scheduled. By day's end, Peralta was on the disabled list, expected to miss more than a month with a left rib-cage strain.

The Brewers recalled reliever David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Peralta's place on the active roster, but Counsell has yet to determine who will pitch in Peralta's place Wednesday afternoon. Mike Fiers could start on short rest, Counsell said, or Michael Blazek could move from the bullpen.

It marks Peralta's first trip to the Major League DL. He made 32 starts in each of his first two full big league seasons, including a 2014 campaign in which he went 17-11 with a 3.53 ERA and led the Brewers in victories, innings and strikeouts.

"It surprised me. I didn't think it was going to be that [bad], but it's more than they expected," Peralta said after an 8-4 loss to the Giants. "I didn't think I'd be on the DL. Four to six weeks is a long time to be out. It's tough, but it is what it is and I have to move forward and help them try to finish the season strong."

Peralta was pulled from his Friday start in Atlanta after experiencing tightness in his left rib cage. A Brewers physician examined Peralta on Monday morning at Miller Park as the team returned from a 10-day road trip.

Meanwhile, Counsell discussed his other options, including reliever Blazek, a right-hander who "stretched out" in Spring Training as a starting pitcher before an Opening Day assignment to the bullpen.

"He threw 45 pitches in his last outing. He threw a three-inning outing," Counsell said, referring to Blazek's scoreless appearance in Atlanta on Friday. "We'll consider everything as to what would be the best way to get through a game."

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Blazek has been unscored upon in 14 of his first 18 outings this season and took a 1.59 ERA into Monday afternoon.

If the Brewers go with Fiers on short rest instead, then they would not need a replacement for Peralta until June 2 against the Cardinals. That would allow the team to align a Minor League callup, like Tyler Thornburg or prospect Taylor Jungmann.

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