Martin Maldonado has regressed at the plate in 2013, slashing .184/.253/.303 over 83 plate appearances.
In his first real exposure to Major League pitching, Maldonado batted .266/.321/.408 in 256 plate appearances last season. Perhaps he's toting his struggles onto the field with his catcher's gear. Maldonado has been a run worse than average defensively this year, according to Baseball Reference.
Wily Peralta lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up six runs -- four earned -- Wednesday in a loss to the Dodgers.
Even Peralta's good outings haven't been anything special, and he's now 3-5 with a 6.45 ERA for the season. The Brewers may think about making a switch to Mike Fiers and sending Peralta down, though they can only go that route if Kyle Lohse proves healthy. Unfortunately, their Triple-A rotation has been awful, so there's no help there.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that Kyle Lohse began feeling discomfort in his right elbow "two or three starts ago" and was recovering slower than usual between starts.
As a result, the Brewers have scratched him from his next scheduled start on Saturday. The Brewers are hopeful that it's not a major issue, but this isn't what you want to hear from someone who is in the first year of a three-year, $33 million contract.
Kyle Lohse will not make his next scheduled start on Saturday due to right elbow irritation.
The description of his condition is rather vague, but the Brewers should provide more information soon. Mike Fiers will start in his place Saturday against the Pirates. Lohse allowed four runs in six innings Sunday against the Cardinals and owns a 3.76 ERA and 37/10 K/BB ratio in 55 innings across nine starts this season.
Jim Henderson earned his ninth save of the season as the Brewers beat the Dodgers 5-2 on Tuesday.
Henderson's save capped off a total of 5 2/3 scoreless innings from the Milwaukee bullpen. He surrendered a hit and a walk but struck out the other three batters he faced and now boasts a 0.95 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this season. The right-hander has been a waiver wire gem so far and should be a steady fantasy closer all year.
Chris Narveson (finger) is scheduled to face live hitters on Friday.
It will come after another successful bullpen session on Tuesday. If Friday's session goes well, Narveson will begin a rehab assignment early next week. "The finger felt good. Just kind of taking it day by day and see how it goes Friday against hitters," Narveson said. "You're just trying to prepare yourself and get your body ready to pitch again. I think you expect yourself to hit the ground running once you come back."