Yesterday Nick Franklin replaced Eric Sogard on the Milwaukee Brewers’ major league roster, with Sogard accepting an assignment to AAA Colorado Springs to try and re-discover some semblance of a major league bat.
Franklin then got the start against Cleveland at second base before pulling up lame with a quad injury while running out a groundball, avoiding a double play.
So Nick goes to the DL, and Tyler Saladino replaces him on the major league roster.
RHP Corey Knebel reinstated from the 10-day DL.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 9, 2018
INF Tyler Saladino recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
LHP Wade Miley placed on the 10-day DL with a right oblique strain.
INF/OF Nick Franklin placed on the 10-day DL with a right quad strain. pic.twitter.com/rD7BTGyLGH
Saladino has 863 plate appearances over four seasons, all for the Chicago White Sox. He has slashed .231/.281/.330 for a career OPS of .620. For the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers’ AAA) this season he has hit better, going for a .295/.392/.435 line (.824 OPS). He has 12 home runs and has accumulated 2.1 WAR so far in his career.
Defensively, Saladino has been at least adequate. He will be available for any infield position, and even some outfield in a pinch. For his career, he is rated at 20 runs above average per 135 games. The righty looks to become mostly a utility man on the roster, with Jonathan Villar, Orlando Arcia, and Hernan Perez getting most of the opportunities in the middle infield.
Nate Orf is once again passed over, but with Franklin and Saladino both already on the 40 man roster the chances were remote for Nate, as somebody would need to be removed from that 40 man group. Orf and his .381/.455/.495 slash (OPS .951) will continue to terrorize the Nashville Sounds and the rest of the PCL.