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Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Luis Urias (wrist) will make his 2020 Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Urias underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone back in January. This will be the first game action of the spring for the 22-year-old. He remains an interesting late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Adrian Houser (thumb) is starting Sunday’s split-squad game against Oakland. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houser exited Monday’s outing due to thumb tightness. The injury wasn’t deemed serious, and his exit was precautionary. Houser is all systems go for Sunday’s outing. The 27-year old is a key member of the Brewers rotation, he owned a (6-7) record with a 3.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 117 strikeouts across 111 1/3 innings last season.

Category: Injury Updates

Ryan Braun playing Sunday

Sun, Mar 8th 1:14pm EDT
By Carmen Maiorano

Ryan Braun is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Angels, serving as the designated hitter and batting fourth. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun is making his spring debut a little later than the rest of his teammates, as he and the Brewers determined that he didn't need full Spring Training reps. Braun figures to serve in a timeshare between right field and first base this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Christian Yelich will make his spring debut Friday against the Giants. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off signing a major sever-year extension on Thursday, Yelich will make his spring debut on Friday. He will serve as the team's designated hitter and bat third. Yelich (knee) entered spring training with no restrictions and should be ready by Opening Day. He is slashed .329/.429/.671 with 44 homers, 97 RBI, 100 runs and 30 stolen bases across 580 plate appearances in 2019. Yelich is an absolute surefire top-4 overall pick in fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

Freddy Peralta is in the process of finalizing a five-year extension with the Brewers Wednesday morning. The five-year deal totals $15.5 million, plus two club options that could bring the total to $30 million. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peralta ended 2019 on a high note, registering a 1.86 ERA over eight September appearances. The Brewers have tabbed Peralta as a candidate competing for the fifth starter's role in 2020, but he can certainly serve as a reliable bullpen piece if he fails to crack the rotation. The final details of Peralta's extension should come over the next few days.

Category: Transactions

Corey Knebel is scheduled for his fourth bullpen today, another touch-and-feel session of about 20 pitches at 80 percent. He's hoping to be back by the first week of May. (Source: Madam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After opting for Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2019 season, Knebel is almost done with his rehab and should immediately assume a big role out of the Brewers' bullpen upon his tentative May return. Josh Hader has a firm lock on the closer role but Knebel and Alex Claudio will be the most valuable to come out of the bullpen in Milwaukee. Knebel made the All-Star game as a closer in 2017 but finished 2018, his last healthy season, with 88 SO, 22 BB, 3.58 ERA, and 1.084 WHIP over 55.1 IP.

Category: Injury Updates

Josh Hader lost his arbitration case and will make $4.1 million in 2020. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hader had asked for $6.4 million so the two sides were pretty far apart. The lefty relief ace should once again provide plenty of fantasy value this summer.

Category: Transactions

The Brewers have signed reliever David Phelps to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes a $4.5 million club option for 2021. The 33-year-old posted a 3.41 ERA in 41 games last year and will pitch in middle relief for Milwaukee this season.

Category: Transactions

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Brewers and Justin Smoak have come to terms on a one-year contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smoak will get paid $4 million in 2020 and then had a $5.5 million club option in 2021 that includes a $1 million buyout. All in all he is guaranteed at least $5 million with this deal. The 33-year-old hit just .208 with 22 homers last season but could theoretically bounce back in the offensive haven that is Miller Park.

Category: Transactions

Orlando Arcia signed a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Brewers on Monday, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arcia will compete with newly acquired Luis Urias for the starting shortstop role. Arcia struggled at the plate in 2019, slashing .223/.283/.350 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI across 152 games. He is more known for his defense and is an option in NL only formats.

Category: Transactions

The Padres acquired pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers in exchange for infielder Luis Urias and pitcher Eric Lauer. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davies goes from hitter-friendly Miller Park to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. He owned a 10-7 record, 3.55 ERA, 1.29 WHIP with 102 strikeouts across 159 2/3 innings last season. Davies will be a part San Diego's rotation in 2020 and should see a slight boost in fantasy due to the ballpark change.

Category: Transactions

Outfielder Trent Grisham has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Diego Padres for infielder Luis Urias, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grisham and Urias are both highly-touted prospects who have excellent numbers in the minor leagues but did not have a ton of success during their callups to their respective big league clubs last season. Grisham leaves the hitter-friendly confines of Milwaukee for the spacious Petco park, which does not exactly help his fantasy value heading into 2020.

Category: Transactions

The Brewers declined the 2020 option on Eric Thames' contract. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It would've been worth $7.5 million but Milwaukee will instead issue him a $1 million buyout. The 32-year-old posted a .851 OPS with 25 homers last season and is reportedly drawing interest from teams overseas.

Category: Transactions

Robert Murray of reports the Brewers are trading pitcher Chase Anderson to the Blue Jays. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has a club option for 2020 at $8.5 million as well as a $9.5 million option for 2021. Instead of exercising that option it looks as if Milwaukee was more interested in getting something in return for the 31-year-old. Anderson posted a 4.21 ERA in 139 innings a season ago.

Category: Transactions

The Milwaukee Brewers are picking up catcher Manny Pina's $1.85M option for 2020, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 179 plate appearances in 2019, Pina hit just .228 with 10 runs scored, seven home runs, and 25 RBIs. He is a defensive-first catcher and is unlikely to be more than a streaming option at catcher, although it is worth noting that the other Milwaukee catcher, Yasmani Grandal, just opted out of his 2020 option.

Category: Transactions

Yasmani Grandal declined his $16 million with the Brewers for 2020. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old backstop will walk away with a $2.25 million buyout. He'll certainly be looking for a multi-year contract this winter after smacking 28 homers and posting an .848 OPS in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Lorenzo Cain (ankle) says he is planning to play in Tuesday's National League Wild Card game versus the Nats. (Source: Sam Fortier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cain injured his ankle on a home-plate collision on Saturday and didn't play on Sunday. He'll have to get medical clearance before Milwaukee puts him in their lineup Tuesday night.

Category: Injury Updates

The Brewers have named Brandon Woodruff as their starter for Tuesday's National League Wild Card game versus the Nationals. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Woodruff has only made two appearances since returning from a two-month oblique injury but has been a reliable starter all season. The 26-year-old posted a 3.62 ERA in 121 2/3 innings this year. It's likely he only lasts 2-3 innings tomorrow since his arm strength isn't built up right now.

Hernan Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to Colorado.

Fantasy Impact: Perez's path to playing time was largely blocked by the likes of Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura, but he continues to serve a valuable bench role for Milwaukee. He finishes the regular season batting .228 with eight homers and 18 RBI in 232 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps

Gio Gonzalez allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five over 4.2 scoreless innings Saturday against the Rockies, but did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez served as a traditional started in this contest, after being utilized as a bulk reliever in his past several appearances. This season, he is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and has 78 strikeouts in 87.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

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