During yesterday’s game, Will Middlebrooks had to come out of the game in the third inning after suffering an injury while running to third base, and needed help to get off the field. Today, the Brewers placed Middlebrooks on the 15-day with what’s listed as a lower right leg strain. To fill his spot on the active roster, Keon Broxton was recalled from the minors.
The loss of Middlebrooks will hurt the Brewers infield depth in the short term. Middlebrooks has been splitting time at third base with Hernan Perez since the trade of Aaron Hill, and he has started six of the last nine games since the All-Star Break at third base. With Middlebrooks out, Perez figures to get most (if not all) of the starts at third base for now. It won’t be much of a loss at the plate, as Middlebrooks was only batting .111/.226/.111.
To fill the roster spot, the Brewers chose to recall Keon Broxton instead of Yadiel Rivera. Though Rivera has been down fewer than 10 days, he would have been eligible for recall since it would be due to an injury. The Brewers have mentioned previously that they want Rivera to get playing time, which could be the reason why he wasn’t recalled.
Meanwhile, this will be Broxton’s fourth stint with the Brewers this year. Broxton has been hitting a little better in the minors, recording a line of .322/.355/.644 in 17 games with 62 plate appearances. In 29 games over 75 plate appearances with the Brewers, he has batted .125/.253/.188.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference