Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett got off to a torrid start this season, showing new-found discipline at the plate while hitting .258/.361/.516 with four home runs through his first 72 plate appearances. Unfortunately his hot hitting was interrupted on April 28th when he suffered an oblique strain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Oblique injuries can often times take extended periods for players to return from, but fortunately in Gennett's case his strain was a "mild" one and the expectation was that he'd only miss a relatively short amount of time. Scooter began a rehab assingment with high-A Brevard County on the 10th (going 2-6 with a walk in two games) and today the club announced that Gennett was being placed back on the active roster after the requisite 15 days on the DL.
Milwaukee had purchased the contract of utilityman Hernan Perez after a hot start in AAA and his strong play carried over to the big leagues. He's hit .276/.344/.586 with three home runs so far in 32 plate appearances. That production has earned Perez (who is out of options) the role of backup shortstop over Yadiel Rivera, who was optioned to AAA Colorado Springs to make room for Scooter on the roster. Rivera is a terrific defender at shortstop, second base, and third base, but he has always had a light-hitting reputation and managed only a meager .196/.213/.261 in 47 plate appearances with Milwaukee in 2016.
Safe too, for now, is the roster spot of Rule 5 pick Colin Walsh. The 26 year old switch hitter was selected from the Athletics over the winter and is known for his intensely patient approach at the plate. He's drawn 13 walks in 55 plate appearances this year but also has only four base hits with an .098/327/.122 line that translates to a 44 wRC+. He's versatile inasmuch as he can play second, third, and left field, but he's not exactly a strong defender at any one of those positions.
Given that he must remain on the active roster all season or be offered back to Oakland, it's not likely that Walsh is going anywhere anytime soon. Let's not forget, this is the club that kept Enrique Cruz all year in 2003 while watching him it .085/.145/.099 in 76 plate appearances. At least Walsh is a threat to get on base as a pinch hitter.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs