PHOENIX (AP) — without a couple of its most imposing pieces.Corey Knebel is out indefinitely with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , the type of injury that sometimes ends in Tommy John surgery. He’s expected to join Jeremy Jeffress, down with a sore right shoulder, on the injured list to open the season.Knebel had 16 saves and a 3.58 ERA with Milwaukee last season, plus a 1.29 ERA in six postseason appearances. He plans to see multiple doctors before deciding if he needs surgery.“It’s going to take a week for him to compile some opinions from other doctors and then sit down and make a decision on what he feels is the best way to get this thing right,” manager Craig Counsell said Friday.Knebel missed about six weeks early last season with a hamstring injury. He was an All-Star in 2017 with 39 saves and a 1.78 ERA in 78 innings.Jeffress, another important cog in the bullpen a year ago Willie Stargell Jersey , hasn’t thrown a Cactus League inning this spring. He is expected back by late April.Counsell will have to mix, match and experiment with new pitchers to get through the beginning of the season. He faced a similar challenge early last season, which is when he began relying on long relievers for extended outings and relief openers at the start of games. Those strategies helped propel Milwaukee to the NL Championship Series, where it lost to the Dodgers in seven games.“Sometimes the best answers come from when you get put in those situations,” Counsell said. “You have to come up with a different way to look at the problem.”Josh Hader, the breakout star of the bullpen last season with 143 strikeouts in 81 innings http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , said the Brewers are uniquely equipped to deal with the situation.“It’s going to take an army to get through the season,” Hader said. “You never know when we’re going to need it. I think we have the guys to do so.“You gotta always adapt and you’ve gotta just be open for anything.”Milwaukee added reinforcements Friday, agreeing with reliever Alex Wilson on a one-year deal for $750,000 plus performance bonuses, pending a physical. The 32-year-old Wilson has a 3.23 ERA in six major league seasons, the past four with Detroit.NOTES: Counsell said starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson Felipe Vazquez Jersey , trying to return from Tommy John surgery that has sidelined him since late 2017, had elbow soreness after an outing Thursday. “It’s going to slow him a little bit,” Counsell said. Nelson, however, was not scheduled to open the season on the active roster, and it may not have much of an effect on the timing of his return Sean Rodriguez Jersey , which the Brewers hope is by the end of April. … The Brewers optioned infielders Tyler Saladino and Cory Spangenberg to minor league camp, which Counsell said means that outfielder Ben Gamel has made the opening day roster. The best thing that can be said about the Braves’ opening series in Philadelphia is that it is over."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerBraves News: Wrapping up a rotten no good weekend in PhiladelphiaNew,270commentsThe best thing that can be said about the Braves’ opening series in Philadelphia is that it is over. EDTShareTweetShareShareBraves News: Wrapping up a rotten no good weekend in PhiladelphiaBill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsAtlanta Braves NewsBraves still winless after 5-1 keelhauling in PhiladelphiaSunday was more of the same for the Atlanta Braves who suffered a three-game sweep on Opening weekend to the Philadelphia Phillies. Kyle Wright couldn’t escape the fifth inning while Jake Arrieta held Atlanta’s offense at bay. Talking Chop Podcast Episode 158: An opening weekend to forgetBrad Rowland and Eric Cole wrap up a disappointing opening weekend for the Braves in Philadelphia. 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The contract also reportedly includes a vesting option for the 2026 season and has an opt-out clause after 2022. Teams are circling on Keuchel and Kimbrel; the Padres are determined to add a starterThe Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that several teams continue to check on free agent pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. The Padres are thought to be interested in Keuchel but to this point have been resistant to meeting his demands.