Houser started Sunday's 10-6 victory over San Diego, but he was lifted after two innings. He was charged with four runs and four hits.
“I know he came in feeling pretty good today. He was optimistic about how he felt,” manager Craig Counsell said before the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 for their ninth straight victory. “Before I kind of express real optimism, I'd like to kind of see how the next couple days go. But we're hoping this could be a short stint and that he'll be back pitching and maybe just miss a couple starts.”
The 30-year-old Houser is 5-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 19 appearances for the NL Central leaders, including 17 starts. Counsell said there are no plans to send Houser for an MRI right now.
The Brewers recalled right-hander JB Bukauskas from Triple-A Nashville. Bukauskas has no record and a 3.00 ERA in three big league appearances this season.
Milwaukee has off days on Thursday and Sept. 7, but Counsell said the team is leaning toward replacing Houser in the rotation while he is sidelined.
“We can change our mind, but we want to keep our starters in a good spot,” he said. “It's (Wade Miley's) day we'd have to move up. We've taken great efforts to keep him on a good schedule, and that keeps everybody else on a good schedule.”
Milwaukee first baseman Carlos Santana got the night off, one day after he sprained his right ankle during the series finale against San Diego. Rowdy Tellez started at first in the victory over Chicago.
“He just came in today sore enough where just playing would have been difficult,” Counsell said.
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