It wasn’t long after Thursday night’s game that it became clear Ryan Braun would have to go back on the disabled list after re-aggravating his left calf injury. The only question was who would be taking his spot on the roster today.
With Junior Guerra set to return from his own calf injury tonight, the Brewers made the easy move for now, swapping the two on the 25-man roster.
OF Ryan Braun (left calf strain) placed on the 10-day DL. RHP Junior Guerra reinstated from the 10-day DL and will start tonight. #MILvsARI— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 26, 2017
Like the last time Braun landed on the shelf, it looks like the Brewers will try to get by with only two true outfielders — Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana — on the roster for the time being, using the likes of Eric Thames, Hernan Perez, Eric Sogard and Nick Franklin in left field.
Plenty of people were pining for an outfield call-up now that we’re likely past the Super Two cutoff date (or at least close to it) — whether it would be Lewis Brinson or someone else — but for now it looks like the Brewers are opting for the extra arm in the bullpen.
If guys like Sogard and Perez keep hitting, playing an outfielder short is less of a problem, but the team is still taking a risk in the event Broxton — the only real centerfielder on the team — gets hurt and has to leave a game.