The Milwaukee Brewers just finished their 2023 season after their wildcard loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Brewers entered the postseason without their star pitcher Brandon Woodruff due to a shoulder injury. Yesterday, Woodruff underwent surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his right shoulder and is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2024 season, per the club announced by MLB.
Woodruff is second in command in the Brewers rotation behind ace Corbin Burnes. Woodruff has made quite the reputation for himself in Milwaukee with his career 3.10 ERA over 7 years. Although his 2023 was injury riddled, he quietly had himself a career year. He posted a 2.28 ERA along with 74 strikeouts.
The Brewers certainly missed Woodruff this season and in October. No one truly knows how different their postseason could have looked with Woodruff toeing the slab after Burnes. Nonetheless, Woodruff is a huge loss to this Brewers rotation as he gears up to rehab and be ready for 2025.