"New Concern" Over Injury To Brewers Reliever

Anytime a player needs to get a "second opinion" on an injury, it's not a good thing. Unfortunately, that's the story right now for Brewers reliever Jake Cousins. 

Saying there's "new concern" over Cousins' elbow injury, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said an MRI revealed a UCL problem, and the team will be seeking the dreaded "second opinion."

It was originally called a "right elbow effusion" when he was placed on the IL a week ago, and Counsell said at that time that it wasn't considered serious. Things have apparently changed. Anytime a UCL is mentioned, the words "Tommy John surgery" often follow. 

Cousins had pitched 8 innings thus far, striking out 14, for a 14.6 K/9, with a 4.50 ERA. As a rookie last season, he was a revelation, with a 2.70 ERA and 44 Ks in 30 innings. 

The 27-year-old righty will be missed in the Milwaukee bullpen. But for how long, they likely won't know until sometime next week. 

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