The Brewers expect their season opener Junior Warner to return from the disabled list Friday and contain the offensive explosion of the D-Backs.
Guerra suffered a sprained right calf as he raced to first base in the third inning of the Brewers’ first game on April 3 and missed seven weeks on the 10-day disabled list.
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He will make his second start of the season and first of his career against the D-Backs, who will have the right, Zack Godley, as a starter against the Brewers, who will not have Ryan Braun in their lineup.
“I think Junior is back in rotation and open every five days is important,” said Crig Counsell, manager of the Brewers. “He’s a guy who pitched very, very well last year, that’s a motivation, but I think he has something to try again.”
The law made a couple of rehabilitation exits – one in double A, on May 15, and another in triple A, on May 20. He pitched 91 pitches with the Sky Sox, so he will have no shipping restrictions, Counsell said.
“I think you always take that into consideration,” Counsell said. “An opening in the majors is different from a minor league. The factors you think about when the game starts are different.”
Godley has been opening in place of the injured, Shelby Miller, who is on the disabled list for 60 days with a tear in his ulnar ligament. Godley had a quality exit in his last appearance before the Padres, where he conceded three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
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First baseman of the D-Backs, Paul Goldschmidt, has remained consistent among barrel leaders this season, collecting them at an upward pace in each of the last two seasons, according to Statcast. He hit a double-stroke driver with a solid line to center field on Wednesday against the White Sox. That shot had an exit speed of 107.0 miles per hour and an angle of 20 degrees. That was his barrel number 20 of the year.
Both teams have problems with injuries. The Brewers will place Braun on the injured list on Friday for left calf discomfort, and catcher Manuel Piña will be tested to assess the severity of the blow to his left elbow on Thursday. For the D-Backs, left fielder Yasmani Tomás missed Wednesday’s game against the White Sox for hip discomfort. He was not in the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers, but was available to come from the bench, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
Godley has a 68.1 percent percentage of rollings as part of the Arizona rotation. That’s the second-best record among starters with at least 50 rollings this season, according to Statcast. The 27-year-old pitcher has thrown his sinker 42 percent of the time, but he also has a 73.7 percent roll-out percentage with slow pitching.