All-Star pitcher Brandon Woodruff could miss up to six weeks with a left oblique strain, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday.

The right-hander allowed four runs in three innings against Arizona on Sunday before exiting after throwing two pitches in the fourth.

He underwent an MRI and was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. Right-handed reliever Burch Smith was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio.


"Less than 24 hours out, we're looking at six weeks. That's probably our best guess," Counsell said.

Safety first for White Sox

The Chicago White Sox became the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.


The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.

"It's a great idea," White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall said. "It's a shame it wasn't done sooner and just almost a standard across baseball, I think. Finally the players are speaking out because everybody is tired of seeing people get hit.''

 

Pirates suspend pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates suspended reliever Keone Kela for two games for an unspecified violation of his contract. The suspension came after the team activated Kela from the 60-day injured list.

Kela went on the injured list on May 6 with right shoulder discomfort. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said over the weekend the team anticipated getting Kela back in the bullpen on Monday. Hurdle, however, demurred on Monday when asked about Kela's availability, saying only that the team was still in the process of evaluating Kela's status.

 

Around the bases

The Texas Rangers placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm, but manager Chris Woodward said the injury appears far less severe than first believed. ... Ryan Zimmerman was put on the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the second time this season the injury has sidelined the 34-year-old first baseman. Matt Adams is expected again to play extensively in Zimmerman's absence. He is hitting .232 with 15 homers and 40 RBI in 71 games. ... Carl Edwards Jr.’s rough 2019 season took another hit Monday when the Cubs optioned the struggling reliever to Triple-A Iowa. Edwards, who has a 5.87 ERA in 20 appearances, was activated from the injured list Friday, and a lack of command was evident Sunday as he allowed one run on one hit with a walk and a hit batter in only one-third of an inning in a 5-1 loss to the Padres.