Brewers’ Corey Knebel faces decision on elbow

Milwaukee right-hander Corey Knebel will decide Friday what to do about his ailing right elbow, potentially sidelining a key part of the Brewers’ bullpen for the season.

Knebel, 27, has a partially torn ulnar-collateral ligament. He could have Tommy John surgery and then return at some point next year, or try to rehab the injury.

“I’ve got all the cards on the table, and it’s just, ‘Which one?’” Knebel said Thursday. “It’s not really anybody’s decision but mine. But of course, I’m going to talk to some of the doctors before I make a decision.”

Jeremy Jeffress, another hard-throwing Milwaukee reliever who made the All-Star team last year, also began the season on the injured list after he was slowed by a sore right shoulder during spring training.

Sidelined: Pittsburgh outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was put on the 10-day injured list because of a broken right index finger, an injury suffered Monday when he was hit by a pitch during an exhibition game in Houston.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle would not give a time frame for Chisenhall’s return. He said Chisenhall will be evaluated in 10 days.

The Pirates signed Chisenhall to a one-year, $2.75 million deal this month to sub while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Polanco is expected to return by mid-June.

Injury report: Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney will see a doctor after feeling something in his elbow during a bullpen session this week. Heaney, who had Tommy John surgery in 2016, had been experiencing discomfort in the elbow and missed a week this month. “I’m a little concerned,” manager Brad Ausmus said. … Among the players landing on the IL to begin the season are Tampa Bay (and former Giants) third baseman Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness), Yankees right-handers Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) and Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation), Dodgers left-handers Clayton Kershaw (left shoulder inflammation) and Rich Hill (knee strain), and Atlanta right-handers Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Kevin Gausman (shoulder tendinitis).

Briefly: Cleveland purchased the contract of infielder Hanley Ramirez, who had been out of the majors since being released by the Red Sox in May. … Cubs reliever Brian Duensing, who is being paid $3.5 million this season, cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Iowa. … Boston catcher Sandy Leon cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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