Brewers backstop Jacob Nottingham has undergone surgery on the radial collateral ligament of his left thumb, per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. The procedure is said to have gone as anticipated.© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Jacob Nottingham will hopefully be available for spring training.
Nottingham, who was injured during the postseason, will have just over two months to heal up before camp opens. The hope is that he’ll be a full go at or near the start of spring training.
This malady likely won’t have a big effect on the Brewers’ plans, particularly given the promising prognosis. If anything, it could nudge the organization to gather up a bit more catching depth.
Nottingham, 25, hit for enough power (.458 slugging percentage) to make up for a miserly .278 OBP in a 20-game stretch with the Milwaukee organization in 2020. He stepped into the MLB fold after Manny Pina went down with an injury.
The Brewers ultimately elected to tender Pina a contract, making him the odds-on favorite to serve as the No. 2 backstop. Presumptive starter Omar Narvaez scuffled with the bat in his first season with the club, but seems sure to get a chance to redeem himself.
That leaves the out-of-options Nottingham with a need to make an impression in camp. If he shows well enough, and/or there are cracks in the Narvaez/Pina pairing, the Brewers could carry three backstops. If not, Nottingham might end up being dangled in trade or placed on the waiver wire.