SAN LUIS – Reliever Devin Williams broke his pitching hand when he punched a wall after the Milwaukee Brewers’ celebration of the division title, who will now likely be without service for the entire season. postseason.
David Stearns, the Brewers’ president of athletic operations, said before Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals that surgery will most likely be necessary to repair the fracture.
Stearns said there is a “remote chance” that the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year pitcher will be available for the World Series, if Milwaukee goes that far.
The Brewers secured the NL Central title on Sunday with an 8-4 win over the New York Mets in their last regular season home game.
“After our celebration, I went out for a few drinks,” Williams said Wednesday. “On the way home, I got a little frustrated and annoyed, and I punched a wall. This is how this happened ”.
The injury leaves the Brewers without the setter reliever, who precedes star closer Josh Hader.
“I don’t think there is a player who can fill that role,” confessed manager Craig Counsell. “I think it will take several players to cover it.”
Williams, 27, is 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 58 games this season. He has struck out 87 in 54 innings.
His opponents are hitting him .186.
Last year, as a rookie, he was 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA in 22 appearances. He struck out 53 in 27 innings and was hit by opponents for a .090 average.
Williams apologized to the Brewers and fans for the circumstances in which the injury occurred.
“I am quite disgusted with myself,” he said. “You can’t blame anyone but me. I feel like I have disappointed my team, the coaches, our fans and everyone. I know the importance of the role that I have in the team. There are many people who were counting on me … I will not make the same mistake ”.