The Brewers improved their outfield situation a bit this morning, recalling Logan Schafer from Triple-A Nashville and sending Elian Herrera down.
Schafer had been sent down in mid-June after posting just a 572 OPS in the majors. Since that time, he has hit .263/.382/.421 in 15 games for the Sounds. The strange thing about his demotion is that he had actually been hitting better than any of the other big 5 (Schafer, Irving Falu, Jeff Bianchi, Elian Herrera, Caleb Gindl) had for the Brewers. He also provided better defense in the outfield than Herrera, who took over as the sole bench outfielder.
The fact that the team decided to make a move to bring up a more solid outfield option may indicate Khris Davis's shoulder strain is worse than first thought. When Davis, Gomez and Braun are healthy, there's little need for a backup outfielder as those three will play nearly every day. That allows the team to keep Herrera as he can backup nearly any position in case of emergency. However, if the team needs someone to fill in at left field for a spell, Schafer is the superior option.
The Brewers bench now consists of Schafer, Jeff Bianchi, Martin Maldonado, and whoever does not start at first base and second base.
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