Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers suffered a broken right forearm while pitching for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

It's been a year full of challenges on and off the field for Fiers, the latest occurring when New Orleans third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a line drive off of Fiers' right forearm in Nashville's 6-3 loss to the Zephyrs. The injury is expected to keep Fiers out for 9-12 weeks.

After going 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 22 starts with the Brewers in 2012, Fiers made the rotation out of spring training due to the club wanting to take it slow with left-hander Chris Narveson's return from shoulder surgery. Fiers lasted just one start before heading to the bullpen and was eventually optioned to Triple-A on April 18.

While he was in Nashville, Fiers' mother fell severely ill with lupus. The Brewers allowed Fiers to return home to be with his mother and pitch with Class-A advanced Brevard County, instead of Nashville.