Craig Counsell announced a few days ago that the Milwaukee Brewers were expecting back both Stephen Vogt and Chase Anderson during this weekend’s series in Colorado. Today, one of those moves became official:
C Stephen Vogt reinstated from the 10-day DL. C Andrew Susac (right trapezius strain) placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to 8/15.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 18, 2017
Vogt, 32, was claimed off waivers from Oakland back on June 25th. He got off to a hot start in a Brewers’ uniform, batting .250/.313/.679 with four homers through his first 32 plate appearances before hitting the DL with a strained MCL. He just completed a rehab assignment that saw him collect four hits in 19 at-bats while playing three games each with Wisconsin and Colorado Springs. Vogt will presumably slot back into his supporting role behind Manny Pina and will probably go back to starting 2-3 games per week.
The man he’ll replace, Andrew Susac, could hardly be having a more personally disappointing season. The former top-100 prospect was stuck behind Buster Posey for years in San Francisco, and it looked like he might finally get a legitimate chance at a starting gig in the MLB this past spring. But Susac got hurt before the end of camp (injuries have been a theme throughout his career) and was sent back to AAA when he was ready to return to action in April. He’s batted a mere .205/.307/.404 with 8 homers in 202 plate appearances with Colorado Springs this season and was only called up after Jett Bandy, who originally replaced Vogt on the big league roster, went down with an injury himself. In his 14 days on the MLB club, Susac appeared in only 2 games and went hitless in 6 plate appearances. He now hits the disabled list with a recurrence of the same injury that put him on the shelf in spring. If he can once again get healthy before the end of the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back on the bench as an emergency catcher when rosters expand in September.
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