Thames exits with tight left hamstring

Thames exits with tight left hamstring

MILWAUKEE -- A .489 on-base percentage and Major League-leading 27 runs scored do have some downside. Brewers first baseman Eric Thames proved it Wednesday, when he left the Brewers' 9-4 win over the Reds in the middle of Scott Schebler's at-bat leading off the top of the eighth inning due to a tight left hamstring, a minor ailment which Thames said had been bothering him for the past five days.

The abrupt exit marked an official end to his bid for a home run in every game against Cincinnati this season.

"It's not a big deal," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Thames said he expects to be back in the lineup on Friday, when the Brewers return from their first day off in two and a half weeks to host the Braves for the start of a three-game series.

Thames and Counsell on injury

It has been an active opening month for the 30-year-old, who homered in each of the Brewers' first six games against the Reds, but settled for a single, two walks and two runs scored on Wednesday. Thames scored from first base on Ryan Braun's two-run double in the first inning, then raced home on a Reds error in the second.

With two more runs scored in the Brewers' three remaining April games, Thames would match the Major League record for April. Colorado's Larry Walker scored 29 times in the opening month of 1997.

"We have an off-day [Thursday], and I'm going to take full advantage of that," said Thames, who was among a large contingent of Brewers players and coaches planning to attend the Milwaukee Bucks' home playoff game against the Raptors.

Thames has started 20 of the first 23 games and appeared in another contest off the bench for the Brewers, who played those games in 24 days. The schedule was significantly lighter in South Korea, where Thames averaged 41 home runs over the past three seasons, and teams have at least one day off each week.

Thames is the Major League leader with 11 home runs, so it comes as no surprise that he has been in Counsell's starting lineup nearly every day.  

"I feel like my health is good," Thames said. "Thankfully, I've been blessed to be on base a lot and scoring a lot. That does take a toll. I'll come back Friday and be ready to go." 

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.