Brewers' Reliever Out For The Year After Punching Wall

Punchouts have been commonplace this season for 27-year-old Milwaukee Brewers set-up man Devin Williams. He's struck out 87 batters in just 54 innings. But Sunday night, after celebrating the team's Central Division title-clinching victory, he took the whole "punchout" thing a bit too far.

Saying he had had "a few drinks", he somehow managed to punch a wall "out of frustration", thereby fracturing his pitching hand. He's expected to be out for the rest of the season and the playoffs. 

The NL's Reliever of the Year in 2020, and Reliever of the Month this August, Williams is taking full accountability for his actions: "I’m pretty upset with myself," Williams said Wednesday. "There’s no one to blame but me. I feel like I’ve let my team down, our coaching staff, our fans, everyone. I know how important of a role I play on this team and a lot of people count on me.”

His 'important' role has included an 8-2 record, three saves, 2.50 ERA, and a prodigious 14.5 K/9. That's a lot of punchouts. It's just that extracurricular one after the game on Sunday that's the problem. 

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