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Zach Davies pitching 2017, AP photo

Zach Davies went 17-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 2017.


Right-hander Zach Davies will miss a turn in the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring rotation because of two of the most dreaded words in baseball: strained oblique.

A strained left oblique, to be precise. Such injuries are notorious for lingering, such as the one that sidelined fellow Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson for seven weeks last July and August, though manager Craig Counsell characterized Davies’ as “minor.”

Counsell said he expected Davies to get back on schedule on Tuesday against the Rangers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Davies, the only Brewers pitcher to top 30 starts last season, when he was 17-9 with a 3.90 ERA, complained of discomfort after pitching two innings against the Rockies on Saturday in his second Cactus League appearance and first start. He was to start again today but he will take the day off before attempting a bullpen session on Friday.

“He had a good day today playing catch, so we didn’t have to really shut him down,” Counsell said. “This is a cautious thing more than anything. He’s on track to make his next start as of now.”

On the field, Junior Guerra allowed one earned run on four hits in four innings as the Brewers (8-4) defeated the Kansas City Royals 10-6 in Surprise, Arizona.