The Milwaukee Brewers will be without one of their most dynamic players to start the regular season. Center fielder Garrett Mitchell has a fracture in his left hand and will open the season on the injured list, manager Pat Murphy announced Monday (per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Mitchell suffered the injury when he was jammed on a swing over the weekend.

Garrett Mitchell to miss time with hand injury

Mitchell, the No. 20 pick in the 2020 draft, is a career .278/.343/.452 hitter with five home runs and nine stolen bases over 47 big league games. Shoulder surgery limited Mitchell to only 19 games last season — 16 before surgery and three after — and now the hand injury will sideline him to open the 2024 season. He’ll see a specialist to determine a timetable for his return.

Brewers' Garrett Mitchell suffers hand fracture, to miss opening day

The Brewers are loaded with outfielders, so much so that Sal Frelick was expected to spend at least some time at third base this year. Mitchell’s injury figures to push Frelick back into the outfield full-time with Joey Ortiz, who came over in the Corbin Burnes trade, taking over at third base. Murphy’s regular lineup could look like this:

    CF Sal Frelick
    C William Contreras
    LF Christian Yelich
    1B Rhys Hoskins
    SS Willy Adames

    DH Gary Sánchez
    RF Jackson Chourio
    2B Brice Turang
    3B Joey OrtizGarrett Mitchell injury: Brewers' center fielder to open 2024 season on injured  list with fractured left hand -

Frelick played plenty of right field last year and Chourio came up through the minors as a center fielder, though Chourio has played right field primarily in the final days of spring training, and is likely to begin the season there. Either way, with Frelick or Chourio, the Brewers will have a strong defender in center. Joey Wiemer, another strong defender, is ticketed for Triple-A.