Brewers place Eric Thames on DL with thumb injury
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will likely need surgery, the team said Wednesday.
A typical timeline for recovery from the surgery would be 6-8 weeks.
The first baseman will head back to Milwaukee after his team wraps up its two-game set in Kansas City and be examined by team doctors, then likely schedule surgery in the hopes of returning for the second half of the season.
“Personally, I feel like I let everybody down, but it’s nothing I can control,” said Thames, who was hitting .250 and second in the National League with seven homers. “I saw on [television] that I’ll be out 6-8 weeks, so I guess that’s what it is. It all depends on when the surgery is.”
The Brewers put Thames on the 10-day DL and recalled right-hander Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place.
Rays: Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) is trying for his fourth consecutive victory when he starts the series opener Friday against Boston.
Orioles: Chris Tillman (0-4, 9.87 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series Friday against the Tigers. Tillman has made 22 straight starts without a win, dating back to his first outing last season.
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