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Brewers catcher William Contreras avoids concussion in collision

Brewers catcher William Contreras avoids concussion in collision

Brewers catcher William Contreras avoids concussion in collision

ANAHEIM, Calif. – In a season defined by countless injuries, the Milwaukee Brewers finally caught a break.

Catcher William Contreras, who was evaluated for a concussion after making the game-ending tag at home plate on Sunday, was not in the lineup as the Brewers opened a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, but they won’t either. be out for a long time.

“It looks like it’s going to be good,” manager Pat Murphy said. “No surprise. He can take a hit. It looks like he will be available tonight to hit or play defense.

“Or, pinch run. Or, play the field.”

Murphy was joking about at least that last part, of course. But the Brewers had Eric Haase on hand as part of the cab crew in case Contreras — who was out of the starting lineup for just the second time this season — had unforeseen complications after the team headed to west for a seven-game road trip.

“If something came up 24 hours later,” Murphy said. “You don’t know after a long flight. You wake up, you just have no idea. So, I brought Haase here. Looks like it won’t be necessary, but who knows?”

It was a day of good news on all fronts for Contreras, who is the runaway leader in all-star voting so far.

“I think it’s an incredible thing for anyone from the Milwaukee Brewers to become an all-star,” Murphy said. “I will be ecstatic for them and I want them to play, represent as part of our game. It is a great honor. But I don’t want to think about it.

“It’s divided, you know what I mean? It’s an achievement and it’s wonderful, but it can throw you off course.”

Murphy also provided updates on some of Milwaukee’s injured players, with Jakob Junis sounding the most promising. Junis put the finishing touches to a stint in rehab in Arizona.

“Maybe in San Diego. He might be active, even,” Murphy said of the right-hander, who has been on the injured list since April 6 with a shoulder problem. “We have to make sure he’s healthy when he wakes up. His veil grew a little. It’s in Arizona, so it’s hard to get the adrenaline going in those games.

“But it was encouraging.”

Lefty DL Hall is also making progress in his rehab stint at Class AAA Nashville. He has been out since April 21 with a sprained left knee and on Sunday threw two innings with a walk and a strikeout.

— Good report. Clean, Murphy said. “We have some decisions to make when it’s ready. There are a few things we didn’t like about it. The velo wasn’t what it normally is, its release point was a bit higher.

“So we’re looking at all the parts and trying to see how it fits when he comes back.”

Outfielder Garrett Mitchell (finger) continues his rehab assignment with Nashville and is scheduled to play five games this week.

Righty JB Bukauskas (far right) received a clean bill of health from his latest MRI after what was feared to be a setback during his rehab assignment. Murphy said that once his symptoms subside, he will start throwing again.