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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Robert Gasser throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Monday, May 27, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE 鈥 Brewers manager Pat Murphy is bracing for the likelihood that Robert Gasser won鈥檛 pitch again this season as the rookie left-hander prepares to receive a third opinion on his left flexor strain.

Murphy was going through his pitching staff鈥檚 long list of injuries before Milwaukee's game Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays when he discussed Gasser along with Brandon Woodruff and Wade Miley, who already have been ruled out for the season.

鈥淢iley, Gasser and Woody, you鈥檙e probably not going to see,鈥 Murphy said. 鈥淚t would probably be safe to say those three are out for the year.鈥

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Gasser is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts 鈥 all Brewers wins 鈥 after missing the end of spring training with bone spurs in his throwing elbow. He last pitched on June 1 and reported some tightness and soreness the next day.

Since that game, the 25-year-old Gasser has received two opinions from doctors who examined the elbow.

鈥淥ne doctor says get reconstruction,鈥 Murphy said. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 think you say it鈥檚 something that serious if in fact there isn鈥檛 something wrong. With that, his option is probably to come back and do the same thing he did before, and then what are we going to get and how do we know and where鈥檚 the kid鈥檚 mental state going to be? He鈥檚 a rookie, so I鈥檓 a little more pessimistic about that one. But I hope I鈥檓 wrong. I really do.鈥

Gasser is one of several injured Milwaukee pitchers. The Brewers are hoping some of them could return relatively soon.

Murphy said Jakob Junis (right shoulder) will throw in a controlled scrimmage Wednesday and 鈥渟hould be ready anytime after that鈥 if all goes well. DL Hall (left knee) is heading to Triple-A Nashville for a rehabilitation assignment.

But right-hander Joe Ross recently had a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain. Murphy said the Brewers were hoping Ross could return by June 17, but that definitely won鈥檛 happen now.

As they work through all these injuries, the Brewers already have used 11 starting pitchers this season. According to Sportradar, the only team to use more is Atlanta with 12. Murphy noted there鈥檚 a good chance the Brewers will turn to a 12th starting pitcher for Tuesday鈥檚 game with the Blue Jays.

That total doesn鈥檛 even include 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes or Woodruff, the Brewers鈥 top two starters for the last few seasons. Woodruff won鈥檛 pitch at all this year as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Burnes was traded to the Baltimore Orioles before the season.

Including relievers, Milwaukee has eight pitchers on the injured list.

Even with all those issues, the Brewers entered Monday leading the NL Central by 6 1/2 games.

鈥淲e鈥檙e piecing it together the best we can,鈥 Murphy said. 鈥淚鈥檝e reiterated a number of times, we said early on in spring training one of the things we do have 鈥 albeit very inexperienced 鈥 we have depth in our pitching staff. It鈥檚 a lot of inexperienced guys, and you鈥檙e going to see more of them.鈥

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