Brewers’ Garrett Mitchell could miss rest of season due to shoulder

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers rookie center fielder Garrett Mitchell is at risk of missing the rest of the season after an MRI revealed significant damage to his left shoulder.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Mitchell is getting a second opinion. If Mitchell has to undergo surgery, Counsell said that would “definitely put the rest of the season in jeopardy.”

“It’s kind of a tough pill to swallow,” Mitchell said Friday before the Brewers’ game against the Boston Red Sox. “You’re never expecting to hear news like that. Just trying to stay positive about it.”

Mitchell said he will visit Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a consultation. Mitchell remains hopeful he can return later this season, even if he has to undergo surgery.

“If he thinks surgery is the right call, that probably would be on Tuesday,” Mitchell said. “From there, it’s just rehab and see how it goes. Obviously with how the team’s doing, if they make a playoff push, playoff run, hopefully I can try to get back at the end at some point if I can.”

Mitchell was batting .259 with a .307 on-base percentage, .466 slugging percentage, three homers, six RBIs and one steal in 16 games this season. The 2020 first-round pick from UCLA had batted .312 with a .373 on-base percentage, two homers and nine RBIs in 28 games last year after getting promoted late in the season.

The 24-year-old Mitchell hurt his left shoulder while sliding into third base in the top of the 10th inning of the Brewers’ 6-5, 11-inning victory at Seattle on Wednesday.

“Obviously, it’s a freak accident,” Mitchell said. “There’s nothing I could’ve done to change what happened. If I had to redo that play 100 times, I would do it the exact same way. The amount of times I’ve had to dive into a bag is more times than I can count in my career, so I wouldn’t change what I did. It’s unfortunate it happened that way, but I wouldn’t have changed what I did.”

Mitchell stayed in the game for the bottom half of the 10th when the shoulder appeared to bother the right-handed Michell on a throw to the plate. He left the game after that.

“The throw from the outfield wasn’t comfortable, but I don’t think that’s really the reason as to why,” Mitchell said. “I know when I dove into third, I felt my shoulder kind of separate as I was trying to hold on to the bag. That’s where the most pain was. I wouldn’t have changed (the throw) either. I Did everything I could. I didn’t want to get taken out of the game. That was definitely a last resort.”

Mitchell’s injury is particularly worrisome for the Brewers because of their lack of healthy and proven center fielders.

Tyrone Taylor, who made 75 starts for the Brewers in center last season, hasn’t played yet this year due to an injured right elbow. Taylor is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville on Tuesday.

“This is the start of spring training for him, and there’s an injury, so we have to let him play and let him get into playing shape where he’s able to come here and play and has the number of at bats under his belt,” Counsell said.

Center fielder Sal Frelick is one of the Brewers’ top prospects, but he’s on the injured list at Nashville with a sprained left thumb.

Joey Wiemer, a rookie with experience playing every position in the outfield, started at center on Friday. The Brewers also have Blake Perkins, who was promoted from Nashville when Mitchell went on the injured list.

McCutchen’s sacrifice fly lifts Pirates to 5-4 win, extends Athletics’ road losing streak to 15

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PITTSBURGH – Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.

The major league-worst Athletics (12-50) have lost five games in a row overall. They are on pace to finish the season exactly 100 games under .500 at 31-131.

“It’s tough,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “Tonight’s game, we didn’t play well enough to win the game. I don’t want to say we gave the game away but there were a lot of instances where we had a chance to capitalize on opportunities and didn’t do it.”

McCutchen also singled and drew three walks to go with two RBIs. The 2013 NL MVP now has 1,998 career hits.

With the score tied at 4, Ji Hwan Bae led off the decisive eighth inning with a single off Sam Moll (0-3) and advanced to third on Austin Hedges’ one-out single. McCutchen’s sac fly plated Bae.

“I was just trying to get the job done. I understand the situation there,” McCutchen said. “We just need to get the run. I was trying to bear down against a hard thrower and trying to get that run in as much as I can, and I was able to do it and have a good at-bat.”

Angel Perdomo (1-0) retired both hitters he faced. and Colin Holdeman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save. It was an eventful inning for Holderman as the first three batters reached base, but he struck out Carlos Perez with runners on the corners to end it.

“I began my career as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues but ever since I was switched to relief, this has been the goal, to get a save in the big leagues,” Holderman said.

Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs and four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Oakland left-hander JP Sears did not allow a hit until Mark Mathias’ leadoff single in the fifth but was unable to make it through the inning. Sears was charged with one run in 4 2/3 innings while allowing two hits, walking five and striking out six.

Sears has not allowed more than two runs in five consecutive starts. His nine no-decisions are the most in the major leagues.

Ryan Noda and Brent Rooker had two hits each for the Athletics.

The Athletics tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz’s run-scoring double. Oakland left the bases loaded, though, when Nick Allen hit an inning-ending flyout.

Consecutive bases-loaded walks keyed a three-run sixth inning that put the Pirates 4-3. McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds each worked bases on balls off Shintaro Fujinami to tie the score at 3-all and pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Athletics opened the scoring in the first inning when rookie Esteury Ruiz reached on catcher’s interference, stole his MLB-leading 30th base of the season and scored on Noda’s single. Seth Brown doubled in a run in the third and came home on Perez’s sacrifice fly to push Oakland’s lead to 3-0.

Connor Joe hit an RBI double for the Pirates in the fifth.

The Pirates drew 10 walks, their most in a game in nearly two years.

“We had a bunch of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize (on), but the thing I think I was most proud of is we got down and we didn’t rush to get back,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “We were still patient.”


Athletics: LHP Kirby Snead (strained shoulder) is expected to pitch in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday, which will be his first game action since spring training. … RHP Freddy Tarnok (strained shoulder) will throw a bullpen on Tuesday.


Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona. In 41 games at Double-A this season, the 23-year-old hit .284 with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases.

“He was performing offensively at a level where we felt like he was more than ready to meet the challenges,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He improved as an offensive player even since spring training, focusing on the things we were challenging him on. Defensively, he’s made strides too.”

Davis was the first overall selection in the 2021 amateur draft from the University of Louisville.


Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (0-6, 8.12 ERA) will make his first start in June after taking the loss in all four starts in May and face RHP Mitch Keller (7-1, 3.25). Keller has eight or more strikeouts in seven consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher in the modern era (since 1901).