The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they will reinstate Zach Davies and Ryan Braun to the 25 man roster tomorrow, and that to make room they have optioned Brandon Woodruff and Ji-man Choi back to AAA Colorado Springs:
1B/OF Ji-Man Choi and RHP Brandon Woodruff optioned to Triple-A @skysox. OF/1B Ryan Braun and RHP Zach Davies to be reinstated from the 10-day DL tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Q2Zq6RWfVu— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 23, 2018
Woodruff worked two perfect innings to finish off today’s win and looks solid as a reliever, but it is probable that he will return to starting at the Springs. Choi homered in his first at-bat after replacing Braun on the roster and last night led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, later scoring the game’s only run. Choi has an OPS of .953 in his fifteen at bats for the Brewers this season.
Davies had a very successful rehab start for the Wisconsin T-Rats, going 4 2⁄3 innings with 2 hits, no runs, and 9 strikeouts. He was sidelined with rotator cuff soreness. He could be on a pitch limit tomorrow, which makes today’s win without having to use the “A” bullpen arms more important.
Braun was probably trying to play through the back tightness prior to his DL stint, with his four strikeout performance just before the initial move a stark indicator of how inhibited he was. Even more alarmingly, Braun is sitting at a .681 OPS this season, well below his career mark of .900. The Brewers have lots of options available to play regularly; Braun shouldn’t play regularly if he is being out-performed by those options.