When Eric Lauer was acquired from the San Diego Padres earlier this winter, he was widely considered to be the front runner for the fifth starter spot. However, Lauer has suffered a shoulder injury and will not be healthy by Opening Day.
Lauer was 14-17 with a 4.40 ERA in two seasons with Padres. He appeared in 53 games, 52 of which were starts. Manager Craig Counsell has said that he hopes Lauer can start playing catch again by the end of the week. Eric Lauer is expected to contribute to the Brewers in some fashion this season. However, whether his contribution will be as a starter or as a reliever is now in question.
With Lauer sidelined, the fifth roster spot is up for grabs. Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes appear to be the leading candidates for the job in Lauer’s absence. Burnes has only allowed one run in ten innings so far this spring. Peralta has allowed three runs in three starts. Both appear to have improved greatly from their disappointing seasons in 2019.
To find out more developments on the Milwaukee Brewers’, check out our recap of their second week of Spring Training.
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