29 September (WNN) — The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to be without ace setup reliever Devin Williams postseason after he fractured his right hand following Sunday’s National League central-clinching win over the New York Mets.
David Stearns, the Brewers’ president of baseball operations, told reporters Wednesday that Williams will undergo surgery to install a plate in his right hand to help repair the fracture. Stearns said the injury would likely “keep him out for the rest of the season.”
Williams said the injury occurred after “drinking too much” in the hours following Sunday’s win over the Mets. On his way home, he got upset about something, later punched a wall with his pitcher hand.
Williams said, “I’m quite upset with myself. There’s no one to blame, but I am.” “I feel like I’ve let the team down, the coaching staff, the fans, everyone. I know how big of a role I play in this team and a lot of people are counting on me.”
Williams, who was the National League Rookie of the Year last year, has an 8-2 record and 2.50 ERA in 54 innings this season. He also has 87 strikeouts with three saves and 23 holds.
Williams, 27, who was sidelined with a calf injury, returned on Sunday and played an eighth inning in the Brewers’ 8-4 win over New York. He then adapted for Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals and could not throw before finally alerting Milwaukee medical staff to a hand injury.
“He came in, told our medical staff. We got him x-rayed during the game [Tuesday], got the result during the game [Tuesday]”Consulted with our doctors today and we understand that surgery is going to be needed,” Stearns said Wednesday.
The Brewers are set to play in the MLB playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Milwaukee lost in the NLCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, lost to the Washington Nationals in the wild card round in 2019, and was swept in the first round by the Dodgers last year.