The MLB playoffs start next week and the Milwaukee Brewers will be entering the NLDS without one of their best relievers — all because of a senseless injury.
Devin Williams admitted on Wednesday that he fractured his right hand after having a few drinks and punching a wall following the Brewers’ celebration of clinching the NL Central on Sunday.
Williams, who was the NL Rookie of the Year last season, will require surgery and will be out for the playoffs, although Brewers team president David Stearns said there is a “slight chance” he could return if Milwaukee reaches the World Series.
“After our celebration I went out to have a few drinks and on my way home I was a little frustrated, upset and I punched a wall,” Williams told reporters. “That’s how it happened.”
“I’m pretty upset with myself. There’s no one to blame but me,” Williams added. “I feel like I let my team down. My coaching staff, the fans. I know how big of a role I play on this team and there’s a lot of people counting on me.”
Losing Williams is a devastating blow to the Brewers’ bullpen, which will have a much more challenging bridge to closer Josh Hader once the playoffs begin next week. The 27-year-old had posted a 3.50 ERA and struck out 87 batters in 54 innings pitched this season.
On the other hand, his absence is likely a huge break for whomever the Brewers face in the playoffs, which appear to be the Atlanta Braves as they entered Wednesday 3.5 games up in the NL East.
The Braves were 3-3 against the Brewers this season while Williams allowed one run and struck out seven in three innings against Atlanta.