Brewers Opening Day starter Junior Guerra was forced to leave his Monday start against the Rockies in the bottom of the third inning with a right calf injury. He was hurt while attempting a sacrifice bunt.
Before departing, Guerra surrendered two runs in his three frames of work. Veteran left-hander Tommy Milone replaced him in the top of the fourth inning. Following the game, manager Craig Counsell confirmed Guerra suffered a “significant” strain in his right calf and will be sidelined “at least” six weeks. Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and Milone will take his place in the rotation.
It’s a big loss for a Brewers team that many think will outperform low expectations. The late-blooming 32-year-old Guerra posted a splendid 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 100/43 K/BB ratio across 121 2⁄3 innings last season. In addition to Milone, the rest of the Brewers’ rotation consists of Zach Davies, Chase Anderson, Wily Peralta, and Jimmy Nelson. Matt Garza (groin) will begin a rehab assignment next week.