Brewers closer Corey Knebel suffered a left hamstring injury while throwing a 1-0 pitch to Cubs pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella in the top of the ninth inning. Knebel threw a 95 MPH fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers.
Utilityman Hernan Perez came into the game to relieve the injured Knebel, getting La Stella to line out to left field. The Brewers went on to lose 8-0.
Needless to say, this is potentially a devastating injury for the Brewers and for Knebel. Knebel broke out last season, saving 39 games with a 1.78 ERA and a 126/40 K/BB ratio in 76 innings.
Knebel will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports.
This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.
The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.
As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.