Brewers’ Corey Knebel headed for second opinion on damaged UCL
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Corey Knebel is headed for a second opinion on his elbow as he deals with a damaged UCL.
Knebel took a break from throwing this week due to elbow problems. The Brewers acknowledged on Thursday that there was an issue with the All-Star closer/reliever.
Manager Craig Counsell said Knebel had been pitching with the issue for a long time and will go for a second opinion.
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Corey Knebel's UCL injury: "Corey has pitched with this for a long time. We've got to figure out what's there, what's new. Make sure we get the right answer and then move forward." Next step is second opinion.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 21, 2019
Brewers GM David Stearns said Knebel has a damaged UCL.
Update from #Brewers GM David Stearns on Corey Knebel's elbow: "We're still determining the extent and whether to officially call it fraying/tear/etc. But we know it's damaged to some extent."
— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 22, 2019
In addition to the elbow problems Knebel is facing, Jeremy Jeffress is dealing with a shoulder injury. The combination of the two relievers being hurt explains the team’s interest in Craig Kimbrel.