Injuries hit Milwaukee Brewers hardSubmitted: 04/29/2015
RHINELANDER - The Milwaukee Brewers own the worst record in Major League Baseball, and you could blame injuries to key players for their slow start.

Centerfielder Carlos Gomez strained his hamstring in a game two weeks ago.

A local physical therapist says the healing process for Gomez's injury should be almost done.

"A first-degree strain, pretty typical 14 to 21 days [of recovery]--and that's enough that if it's impacting their performance, you're looking at at least 10 days, because that's when primary and secondary healing occur in the body," says Rhinelander Spine and Sport Doctor of physical therapy Tim Thorsen. "So the bleed has stopped, the healing is actually starting to occur and lay down tissue to repair the area that's been injured."

Gomez said this week that he's aiming to return during this weekend's series against the Chicago Cubs, but that doesn't mean the injury won't linger with the All-Star outfielder.

"Once they feel that strain or that pull, if you've ever had one yourself, then it's always kind of in the back of your mind, even if it's a minor one," says Thorsen. "Some of the more second-degree, third-degree [injuries], then it becomes more of an emotional and brain-attached issue."

All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy is also on the disabled list after he broke his big toe with a foul tip last week.

Right now, the Brewers have him listed on the 15-day disabled list, but doctors say he won't make his return for at least another six weeks.

"My orthopedic colleagues would tell me [it's] at about six weeks, and if it's looking good, they may even allow him to go back at that point," says Thorsen. "And the good news is, as a right-handed thrower at catcher, it was his left foot, so it's actually his land foot and not his transition foot, off the backside where most of the force develops."

Six to eight weeks is a typical recovery time for a broken toe, but even when the bone is physically healed, the toe still may not not feel healthy to Lucroy.

"Bone healing is one thing," says Thorsen. "The doctor can take a look at it and say 'Ueah, it's totally healed, 100 percent,' but how it feels and how it actually functions can be different things. Whether there are joint adhesions around the big toe, some nerve irritation. All of those can dictate more of function and how he can actually do."

Backup catchers Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno will fill in for Lucroy while he recovers.

Story By: Dan Marz

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