The Brewers officially activated second baseman Scooter Gennett from the disabled list Tuesday, the team announced on Twitter. To make room for him on the roster, outfielder Logan Schafer has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Gennett was placed on the DL after slicing his hand open in the shower while reaching for body wash following the team's game April 19. Since that time, the Brewers have used Hector Gomez and Elian Herrera to man the position. Over the last 14 days, those two have combined to hit .206/.254/.365 at the position.
In 10 games prior to his injury, Gennett had been off to a slow start, as well, batting just .207/.303/.207. In his first two major league seasons, the newly-turned 25 year old had a .300/.331/.449 line.
Schafer is a defensive specialist in in the outfield, meaning he can't hit worth a lick. After posting a .182/.270/.273 line so far this year, Schafer's career OPS is now officially below .600. He's also a left-hander, which kind of makes him redundant alongside better defensive specialist and hitter Gerardo Parra.
With Carlos Gomez back healthy and Ryan Braun hitting well of late, the team does not have as great a need for a fifth outfielder like Schafer. Herrera can play outfield if needed, and Jason Rogers could be an emergency option in the corners, so the team should be set. Had the team tried to drop Herrera, they would have risked losing him on waivers.
Gennett should be back in the starting lineup for the Brewers Tuesday night against the Dodgers.