Since being acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in early July, Rowdy Tellez has been a big boost to the teams offense. With playing well, he also fits the mold of a first basemen playing in Wisconsin given his physical stature. Unfortunately, he was recently placed on the 10 day injured list. With a just a few weeks left in the regular season, this may have a bigger impact than one would think.
1B Rowdy Tellez placed on the 10-day injured list with a right patella strain.
C Luke Maile recalled from Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/fdEQETqyUS
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 12, 2021
Prior to the injury, Tellez was slashing .270/.329/.474/.803. He additionally had seven home runs and 27 runs batted in all as a Brewer. One of his biggest moments came against the San Francisco Giants when he hit a walk off single in extra innings. Just one game prior to that walk off, he hit a pinch hit three run home run to put the Brewers ahead against the Pittsburg Pirates.
It is easy to get encapsulated into the legend of Rowdy Tellez. This makes his trip to the injured list even more frustrating.
At this time, the Brewers remain hopeful that Tellez will require just the minimum 10 days on the injured list. Should this be the case, he would be set up for a potential return near the end of the St. Louis Cardinals series. This four game series begins on September 20th and ends September 23rd. Should he return then, there would be just over 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Another thing to consider is what happens if Daniel Vogelbach goes down with another injury. Vogelbach is coming off a hamstring injury and suddenly in line to receive a vast majority of the starts at first base. This is interesting given his place on the team was in question just a few weeks ago. Thankfully, a pinch hit walk off grand slam solidified to many why the Brewers elected to strategically find ways to retain him.
Should the unthinkable happen and both Vogelbach and Tellez become injured simultaneously, its likely the Brewers would shift the infield positioning around. Eduardo Escobar would be in line to see more playing time at first along with Jace Peterson. It would be very unlikely that they promote Keston Hiura to fill this hypothetical void.
Hopefully Tellez will return near 100% healthy this season. No matter how well Vogelbach or others perform during his void, Tellez is the likely favorite to start during the post season. His bat will be important come October and getting him healthy now is priority number one.