The Milwaukee Brewers have altered their postseason roster and replaced injured starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez with right-hander Zach Davies on Wednesday, meaning Gonzalez cannot appear in the World Series should the team advance.
Gonzalez suffered a left high-ankle sprain during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night. By rule, he cannot return to the postseason roster.
The left-hander left the game with no outs in the second inning of a game that went 13 innings, won 2-1 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a bullpen drained by that game, Davies will provide a fresh arm.
The series stands 2-2 as it heads into Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Game 6 and Game 7, if necessary, will be played at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The Brewers acquired Gonzalez from the Nationals on August 31 to help in the stretch run and the postseason.
Dr. Gary Green, the medical director for Major League Baseball, confirmed the injury after consulting with the evaluating physician. Under MLB postseason rules, a team may replace an injured player only with league approval.
Davies, 25, entered the season as part of the Brewers’ starting rotation but struggled with injuries, which limited him to 13 starts. Disappointed to be left off the playoff roster, he vowed he’d be ready if needed.
“You definitely want to be on the active roster for the playoffs, but there’s a whole career ahead,” Davies said before the NLCS. “Being bent out of shape about it is not going to help my career. The team is where it’s at. We’re all in the playoffs together.”
Davies was 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA during the regular season.