Brewers place RHP Gus Varland on 15-day IL with hand injury

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers placed rookie reliever Gus Varland on the 15-day injured list on Sunday, a day after the right-hander was hit by a comebacker in a scary moment in a 10-3 loss at San Diego.

The Brewers also recalled right-hander Elvis Peguero from Triple-A Nashville. The 26-year-old Peguero was acquired in a November trade with the Los Angeles Angels.

Varland was struck by a Manny Machado line drive in the eighth inning on Saturday. The ball went off Varland’s pitching hand before striking him on the chin and then on the left forearm.

The 26-year-old Varland was knocked to the ground by the impact. He woozily got to his feet and dropped his glove as two teammates and a trainer rushed to his side. Varland was then helped to his knees and tended to before leaving the field.

X-rays on Varland’s pitching hand were negative, but he needed a stint on the IL because of the bruise.

Peguero made 16 appearances with Los Angeles over the previous two seasons, going 0-1 with a 9.15 ERA.


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