Breaking: Surgery To Cost Key Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Most Of 2023

The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff just took a bad hit, as manager Craig Counsell has announced that left-handed swingman Aaron Ashby will be out until late in the season. 

Ashby will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday, and Counsell said he'll be out for a "significant" amount of time, and might not even return at all this season.

Terrible news for the Brewers' pitching depth, as Ashby was a promising and key piece for the Milwaukee staff, filling in both as a starter and a reliever. In 2022, he posted a 4.44 ERA while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings, with a 126:47 K/BB ratio.

Shoulder inflammation ended the 25-year-old's season early last year, soon after he signed a 5-year, $20.5M extension in the summer. 

Back in February as spring training was getting underway, he was diagnosed with a small labral tear in his shoulder, furthering his problems. Now the surgery will knock him out for most of 2023. 

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