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Brewers shut down Jim Henderson with shoulder injury

May 2, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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Jim Henderson had been pitching pretty well since being demoted from closer to setup man by the Brewers and came into yesterday’s game with a 3.38 ERA on the season. He exited the game with a 7.15 ERA (and a loss), allowing five runs while recording two outs against the Reds.

And now Milwaukee has placed Henderson on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Henderson has had some issues maintaining peak velocity, but that wasn’t really a huge problem yesterday as he averaged 93.6 miles per hour with his fastball and topped out at 95 mph. That’s a slight dip from his peak levels, but hardly enough of a drop to scream injury.

Francisco Rodriguez has been flawless in the closer role, converting a league-leading 13 saves with a 0.00 ERA and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 16 innings, so Henderson wasn’t going to get his job back anytime soon anyway. And the Brewers’ bullpen has been so ridiculously good as a whole that moving everyone up one notch on the relief hierarchy may work out just fine in Henderson’s absence.

  1. therealbigben - May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    crud

  2. bronco58lb - May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    LMAO at the fantasy owners that drafted Jim Henderson. Sucks to be you.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Ditto Jim Jimnson, Frieri, Janssen (Toronto, not LA), and just about any closer drafted early.

    • schmittsgay - May 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Yeah, that 18th round pick I wasted on him has really tanked my season.

    • therealbigben - May 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      drafting more than 2 closers is pretty pointless anyway, considering the turnover on em seems like 40% annually. You can always pick up legit and part-time closers on the wire throughout the season.

  3. packfan0492 - May 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    did braun hit him in the shoulder with his bat warming up????

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