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Brewers closer Josh Hader remains on family medical leave

May 16, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers will be without All-Star closer Josh Hader as they continue their three-game series in San Diego.

Hader is with his wife, Maria, who is expecting their first child.

“Josh’s wife has had complications with her pregnancy and they’re at a stage where Josh did not feel comfortable leaving,” manager Craig Counsell said before the series opener on Monday.

Milwaukee, which leads the National League Central, began a season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip at San Diego on Monday. Hader’s availability for the remainder of the series will be taken day-by-day, Counsell said.

Hader posted on Instagram just after Christmas that Maria was due to give birth to a boy in July.

The 28-year-old Hader has yet to surrender a run in the 2022 season. he’s converted all 15 save opportunities and has given up two hits, allowed five walks and struck out 21 batters in 13 2/3 innings. Opponents have a .045 batting average.

Hader’s last blown save was July 7 against the New York Mets. He has converted 29 straight save opportunities.

–Field Level Media