BILOXI, MS - Brewers right-handed pitcher Junior Guerra has been officially activated to the Biloxi Shuckers on a rehab assignment and will start tonight's 6:35 pm contest against the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park. MLB rehab assignments do not count against a club's active roster. Guerra has not yet been assigned
BILOXI, MS - Brewers right-handed pitcher Junior Guerra has been officially activated to the Biloxi Shuckers on a rehab assignment and will start tonight's 6:35 pm contest against the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park. MLB rehab assignments do not count against a club's active roster. Guerra has not yet been assigned a number.
The 32-year-old Guerra had a breakout 2016 season for the Brewers in which he went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts. He earned Milwaukee's starting assignment against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day this year, but suffered a right calf injury and had to leave the game after three innings.
In the five weeks since his injury, Guerra has faced his teammates in simulated situations but has not played in a game. Guerra threw a 60-pitch simulated game at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon and reported no setbacks. According to Brewers manager Craig Counsell, Guerra is expected to make at least two starts on his rehab assignment before returning to the club. Minor league rules allow for major league players to join clubs on rehab assignments without counting against their 25-man roster limit.
Guerra will be limited to 75 pitches Monday night as he faces off against Mississippi's Luiz Gohara.
Guerra was the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2016. He produced 12 quality starts, going 7-1 with a 1.66 ERA in those starts (81.1ip, 15er) and was named Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July (5gs, 2-1, 1.59era, 34ip, 25k).
The Shuckers will try for their first series sweep of the season on Friday night in Jacksonville as they send Aaron Wilkerson to the mound against Omar Bencomo. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm.
The Shuckers' homestand at MGM Park continues on Monday great promotions:
Military Monday presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union - All active and retired military will be able to purchase $7 Reserved Level tickets with valid ID and receive a free haircut voucher courtesy of SportClips with military ticket purchase at the Shuckers box office. The Shuckers will wear military-themed jerseys during each Monday home game to salute our servicemen and women!
Bark in the Park presented by Raising Cane's - Bring your pooch to MGM Park and sit on the berm, as the Shuckers host Bark in the Park presented by Raising Cane's! (free admission for all dogs, but must be on a leash) The Shuckers will host a "Smallest and Largest", "Best Dressed" and "Owner/Dog Look-A-Like" contest for a chance to win great prizes! The Shuckers will be partnering with the Jackson County Animal Shelter for pet adoptions.
Fans are encouraged to purchase Shuckers tickets n advance at any Ticketmaster outlet or at biloxishuckers.com.
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