Marco Estrada’s first-inning double yesterday extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0, but the Milwaukee starter couldn’t stick around to benefit from the run support because he suffered a quadriceps injury on the play and immediately exited the game.
Estrada has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps–not a hip injury, as initially reported–and general manager Doug Melvin said during a radio interview this morning that the team expects him to miss at least 3-4 starts.
Estrada is only in the rotation to begin with because of Chris Narveson’s season-ending shoulder surgery, so the Brewers are thin on starter reinforcements and it’s unclear yet who’ll take his spot. If they opt against promoting a prospect from the minors moving Manny Parra from the bullpen to the rotation could be the plan.
Through five starts Estrada had a 4.97 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.
First baseman José Abreu and starter Jake Odorizzi have accepted their $17.8 million qualifying offers from the White Sox and Twins, respectively, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Reliever Will Smith signed a three-year contract with the Braves ahead of Thursday’s 5 PM ET deadline to accept or reject the qualifying offer.
The remaining seven players — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna — have rejected their qualifying offers, per Passan. They are officially free agents and will have draft pick compensation attached to them, a potential deterrent for some interested teams.
The QO is unlikely to materially affect the fates of Cole, Rendon, and Strasburg, but it could limit the markets for the other four players. Reliever Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel both had draft pick compensation attached to them after the 2018 season and didn’t end up signing until June. It seems unlikely that Wheeler, Bumgarner, Donaldson, and Ozuna would have to wait until June next year to sign but it may take a while for their markets to develop.