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Brewers Getting Much-Needed Boost With Return of Brandon Woodruff

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21:  Starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff #53 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In the midst of an intense NL Wild Card race, the Milwaukee Brewers will be getting a huge boost with the return of All-Star pitcher Brandon Woodruff.

The Brewers, who are 81-69 and currently find themselves only a game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second WC spot, will welcome back Woodruff with open arms every fifth game when he's activated on Tuesday. Woodruff is 11-3 with a 3.75 ERA on the season, and the Brewers are 16-4 in his starts.

Woodruff, who was placed on the IL after getting injured during a July 21 start, was recorded throwing a couple of bullpen sessions in the past week as he was on his way to returning.

After losing MVP candidate Christian Yelich for the season to a broken kneecap, the Brewers have looked to veterans, such as former MVP Ryan Braun and World Series winner Mike Moustakas, to step up for the team.

So far, they've done a good job of setting the tone for the team after losing Yelich, helping lead the Brewers to a 9-1 record in their last 10 games.

This is great news for the Brewers, as they look to get back to the postseason after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in last year's NLCS.