Brewers starter Zach Davies heads back to disabled list

CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Zach Davies on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and recalled first baseman-outfielder Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers announced the moves before their interleague game Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Davies was placed on the DL retroactive to May 30, when the right-hander allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings in a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was just his second start since spending three-plus weeks on the DL in May for the same injury. Davies, who was a team-best 17-9 last year, is 2-5 with a 5.23 ERA.

“I think we expect it to be a short stint,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I think the reason we did this is to make sure we get past this. If it takes a little more time, it takes a little more time.”

Davies will continue to play catch while on the DL.

“We are not shutting him down by any means,” Counsell said. “We’ve just got to get that little irritation out of there before he goes back out there.”

Choi has had two previous stints with the Brewers this year, hitting .267 with a solo homer in 17 plate appearances.

Counsell also said first baseman Eric Thames took batting practice at the team’s spring training facility in Phoenix on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left thumb on April 27. Counsell said Thames, who hit seven homers and had 13 RBIs in 22 games to start the season, is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week.

The Brewers announced that catcher Jett Bandy was outrighted to Triple-A after being designated for assignment last week.

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