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Top Jesse Winker News

  • Nationals' Jesse Winker: Healthy to begin spring

    Winker says his struggles last season were due to a prolonged recovery from multiple surgeries in the prior offseason, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    The 30-year-old underwent knee surgery in October 2022 and followed it up with disc replacement surgery in his neck, so it's perhaps not surprising in retrospect that he never seemed comfortable at the plate in 2023. "I think the recovery was a little bit harder than I thought it was going to be," Winker said Friday. "It took me a little bit longer than I thought, but I think I'm in a really good spot now. For me, that's all that matters. Obviously, I learned a lot going through those, and I'm happy I did." Winker signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals last week as he looks to make a comeback, and he posted a .305/.394/.556 slash line in 110 games for the Reds as recently as 2021. If he is 100 percent healthy again, he could quickly move into a regular role as the primary DH on a Washington roster in dire need of offense.

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  • Nationals' Jesse Winker: Inks NRI deal with Nationals

    Winker signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.

    Winker has been in a tailspin the last two seasons, slashing just .214/.337/.318 between the Mariners and Brewers while battling multiple injuries. The Nationals will hope the player who had an .888 OPS from 2017-21 can reemerge. Winker should be in the mix at designated hitter and left field against right-handed pitching.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Included on wild-card roster

    Winker (quad/back) is on the Brewers' roster for their NL Wild Card Series matchup versus the Diamondbacks.

    Winker missed the final two months of the regular season due to back and quad injuries, but he has suddenly reemerged -- likely as a pinch-hitting option against righties -- for this best-of-three series against Arizona. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter owns a career .853 OPS versus right-handed pitching.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Resumes rehab assignment

    Winker (quadricep/back) is scheduled to resume his rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Winker suffered a quad injury while playing in a game for Nashville earlier this month, but it has proven to be a minor setback and he could return to the Brewers as early as this weekend. The 30-year-old originally landed on the 10-day injured list July 26 with back spasms.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Suffers new injury

    Winker (back) hurt his right quad during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and has been moved back to the 10-day injured list from his rehab assignment, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Winker hit .333 with a .480 OBP and zero home runs in 39 at-bats during his rehab assignment. It's unclear how serious this latest quad injury is, but Winker, who had been rehabbing back spasms, should be considered out indefinitely.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Rehab moves to Triple-A

    Winker (back) shifted his rehab assignment Tuesday to Triple-A Nashville, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Winker is now just one step away from returning to the Brewers' active major-league roster after going 5-for-13 in four games with High-A Wisconsin. He's been sidelined since late July due to back spasms.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Cleared for rehab assignment

    Winker (back) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Wisconsin next week, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Winker has been on the shelf since late July due to back spasms. While it sounds like he should be able to return to the Brewers before long, he might not have much of a role with the big club at this point amidst another injury-shortened, disappointing season.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Lands on IL

    Milwaukee placed Winker on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with back spasms.

    Winker will be unavailable for at least nine more days as he tends to a troublesome back. Abraham Toro was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and will replace Winker on the 26-man active roster. Before being deactivated, Winker appeared to have lost hold of his role as a strong-side platoon man at designated hitter. He was on the bench for three of Milwaukee's last five matchups with right-handed starting pitchers.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Losing work against right-handers

    Winker is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

    Winker has now sat out three times in the last five games, with all three of those absences coming against right-handed pitching. The 30-year-old has been a strict platoon player all season, but his underwhelming .557 OPS in 183 plate appearances versus righties looks as though it's beginning to cost him playing time. Since Winker offers little defensive value as a corner outfielder, he could wind up being a roster casualty if he doesn't show dramatic improvement with his hitting. Winker is on an $8.25 million salary for 2023 but is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Hits bench versus righty

    Winker is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

    The lefty-hitting Winker is bowing out of the lineup versus a right-hander (Bryce Elder) after an 0-for-3 day at the dish in Saturday's 4-3 win dropped his batting average to .194 for the season. The Brewers haven't yet pulled the plug on Winker as their regular designated hitter versus right-handed pitching, but his standing atop the depth chart could be shaky while he's struggled throughout the campaign to supplement his on-base skills with power (career-low .048 ISO).

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: On bench against lefty

    Winker is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

    The Phillies are bringing lefty Cristopher Sanchez to the hill for the series finale, so the lefty-hitting Winker will unsurprisingly head to the bench. Christian Yelich will get a day out of the outfield and will replace Winker as the Brewers' designated hitter.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Out versus lefty

    Winker isn't in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against Cincinnati.

    Winker will remain in the Brewers' dugout as the Reds send lefty Andrew Abbott to the mound to begin the game. Christian Yelich will assume DH duties Saturday while Blake Perkins starts in left field and bats sixth.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Takes seat Friday

    Winker isn't in the Brewers' lineup Friday against the Reds.

    After slashing .200/.324/.253 across 179 plate appearances during the first half of the season, Winker's poor performance will cost him a start against right-hander Graham Ashcraft on Friday. William Contreras will instead serve as Milwaukee's designated hitter, allowing Victor Caratini to start behind the dish and bat fifth.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Sitting out Saturday

    Winker isn't in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

    Winker has yet to put it together at the plate this season, as Thursday's 0-for-2 performance brought his average down to just .199 . Christian Yelich will serve as Milwaukee's designated hitter Saturday, opening a spot for Raimel Tapia to start in left field and bat fifth.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: On bench versus southpaw

    Winker is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Reds.

    Winker will take a seat as the Brewers face off with southpaw Andrew Abbott on Friday. William Contreras will take over at designated hitter while Victor Caratini starts at catcher and bats eighth.

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  • Brewers' Jesse Winker: Sitting against lefty

    Winker is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Jahmai Jones will fill the DH role for the Brewers with left-hander Justin Steele set to toe the slab for the visiting Cubs. Winker has drawn only 13 plate appearances this year versus lefties, compared to his 156 plate appearances versus righties.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
Age: 30
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: L, L