Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt is expected to miss at least a month with a strained MCL in his left knee. Vogt suffered the injury when he collided with opposing pitcher Chad Kuhl on a play at the plate on Monday night.
The Brewers selected Vogt off waivers from the Athletics on June 25. He mustered a disappointing .217/.287.357 batting line in 174 plate appearances with the A’s, but has turned things around in Milwaukee. In 32 PA with his new team, he has four homers and nine RBI.
Catcher Jett Bandy was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’ll back up Manny Pina while Vogt is out.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.