Why Is Freddy Peralta Not Playing?

Freddy Peralta

The Milwaukee Brewers’ deep and strong starting rotation has taken its first major hit, with All-Star right-hander Freddy Peralta facing a “long” term on the disabled list after an MRI showed the depth of his right shoulder ailment.

Manager Craig Counsell said on Monday that Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta will miss “a significant amount of time” with a right posterior shoulder strain but will return this season. The news comes only one day after the Brewers placed Peralta on the 15-day injured list.

Freddy Peralta
Freddy Peralta

“We’re optimistic there will be no aftereffects from this item,” Counsell added, “but it will take some time to mend and rebuild it.”

Counsell also said that Peralta’s injury won’t need surgery because it will heal on its own with rest and time.

Peralta left the Brewers’ 8-2 defeat to the Nationals in the fourth inning due to shoulder soreness. Counsell announced after the game that the pitcher would be placed on the injured list and would have an MRI on Monday.

The 25-year-old made his first eight starts for the Brewers as their No. 3 starter, going 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA.

Peralta, one of three Brewers starters and four Brewers pitchers on the team, was 10-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 144 1/3 innings last year and made the National League All-Star team for the first time.