MINNEAPOLIS – If all goes according to plan, the Milwaukee Brewers could have their spark plug back in the lineup on Saturday.
Willy Adames, who has missed three consecutive games with sore left quadriceps, made some significant strides in the right direction prior to before the opener of the team’s interleague series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
“We had him run out there and that went well, so he’s going to hit today and we’re going to do the same thing tomorrow. If that all goes well, he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow,” manager Craig Counsell said Friday. “It’s good signs so far. We wanted to do a little bit of progression to make sure he didn’t re-create anything.
“He didn’t re-create anything running early here so he’ll hit, we’ll give him the rest of the day to recover and hopefully tomorrow goes well as well.”
The one caveat to Adames’ return is he’d start Saturday as the designated hitter, with a return to his normal spot at shortstop for the series finale.
“It just lessens the work that we have ask him to do and lessens the exposure for another day,” Counsell said. “So, that’s a good thing.”
Adames was removed from Tuesday’s victory against the Cincinnati Reds after doubling and scoring a run in the first inning, and the Brewers have been conservative with him since in an attempt to get him back to as close to fully healthy as possible.
“I’m feeling better today,” Adames said. “It’s been bothering me for, I’d say, the last three weeks. I’ve been playing with it and dealing with it, and I think they just want to get rid of it.
“Me too, because I want to play at 100%.”
Adames has been an iron man since joining the Brewers in late May, starting 79 of 84 games and playing in 81 overall.
“We deal with it,” said Adames, who’s hitting .295 with 17 home runs and 50 runs batted in while helping Milwaukee to a 57-27 record.
“We’re warriors, so we play with it. I just want to be back to 100% and do my best on the field. I hope that it goes away and I can go back to 100%. But if it doesn’t, we play with it, we deal with it and I’ll do my best.”
Another key player, infielder Eduardo Escobar, is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday, when the Brewers wrap up their road trip with a fourth and final game at San Francisco against the Giants.
Counsell said he, too, is making good progress. His return will be big for the Brewers because of his ability to switch hit, giving the lineup a little more balance when he’s batting from the right side.
“He didn’t run, but he played catch and hit, so he’s back on the field,” Counsell said. “I always tell you guys, when you see a guy back on the field that’s a good sign. He’s doing really well.
“The trainers are very happy with how he’s doing.”
In other injury news, right-hander Freddy Peralta continues to progress in the midst of his IL stint for shoulder inflammation.
“Freddy threw a bullpen today and that went very well, too,” Counsell said. “Freddy’s on track to be back in the rotation at the end of this road trip, on the start of the homestand. He’ll throw one more time in the bullpen.”
And finally, left-hander Brett Anderson seems to be no worse for wear after leaving Wednesday’s start with discomfort in his right hip.
“It’s similar to the time before when he came out (with calf cramping on Aug. 8; he made his next start),” said Counsell. “No real reason for concern today on the symptoms. They should be behind him and we can move forward.”