Tragic news: Brewers are facing a major setback, as team premiere player sidelined indefinitely.

The Brewers announced Wednesday that they have recalled left-hander Aaron Ashby and right-hander Tobias Myers from Triple-A Nashville. Lefty Robert Gasser has been placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to June 2, with a left flexor strain while right-hander Janson Junk was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

Gasser, 25, started on Saturday but he felt tight and sore in his elbow after that start. Manager Pat Murphy gave a positive update Tuesday, per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on X.

“There’s a possibility he could miss some time,” Murphy said. “But from the first MRI, I guess it looks pretty normal.”

Regardless of that viewpoint, it appears that the team either exercised caution and allowed Gasser’s arm to heal, or more tests turned up more troubling information. While on the IL, he will miss at least a few turns in the rotation; the exact length of the club’s current expectation for his absence from action is unknown.

Even though Gasser is only expected to spend a brief period on the injured list, the Brewers should be concerned about this unfortunate development. An injury to a pitcher’s throwing elbow is always concerning. With a 2.57 earned run average in five career starts, he has fared well. He will now take a break from acclimating to the main leagues, and the team will lose yet another rotation option.

Brandon Woodruff is going to spend the entire season on the injured list after last year’s shoulder surgery. Wade Miley had Tommy John surgery and won’t be able to return this year. Jakob Junis initially went on the IL due to a shoulder impingement but had his return delayed when he was hit by a batted ball during batting practice. DL Hall is out due to a knee sprain and Joe Ross due to a strained lower back.

Despite all the rotation injuries, the club is 36-25 and six games up on the Cubs in the National League Central. Ashby is going to take the ball Wednesday and the club is off Thursday. They can then turn to Freddy Peralta, Bryse Wilson and Colin Rea through the weekend but will need to figure out how to construct their rotation beyond that.

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