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.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.