Milwaukee Brewers Player News: Pitchers

News: Lauer confirmed Sunday that the Brewers placed him on the COVID-19 injured list, though the left-hander said he is healthy and expects to be ready to go for the start of the 2020 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: While it's not clear if Lauer himself ever tested positive for COVID-19, he indicated that he was in close contact with someone who did. As a result, the Brewers placed him in the COVID-19 protocol, but since he's on track to throw a bullpen session at the team facility Sunday or Monday, the assumption is that Lauer has already submitted two negative test results. If Lauer's bullpen session goes according to plan, he'll likely resume facing hitters a few days later, which should put him on track for Opening Day. Lauer is in contention for the final spot in the Brewers' rotation, with Corbin Burnes or Freddy Peralta seemingly representing his main competitors for that spot.
News: Lauer is healthy and "just got slowed down a little bit" according to manager Craig Counsell, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lauer mysteriously landed on the 10-day injured list earlier this week, but the Brewers skipper says Lauer is healthy and has a chance to be ready for the start of the season. The southpaw is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday. The fact that he is behind the rest of the Brewers' pitchers from a readiness standpoint may mean that either Corbin Burnes or Freddy Peralta opens the year as the team's No. 5 starter. Regardless of his role at the start of the season, Lauer is expected to offer bulk innings during the shortened campaign.