Chances were Nate Orf’s first stint in the majors was never going to be a long one. With Tyler Saladino back from the disabled list, there was suddenly a glut of middle infielders on the 25-man roster, even after the DFA of Eric Sogard.
With Brent Suter landing on the disabled list and Aaron Wilkerson getting called up to make a spot start this afternoon, the Brewers made a move to give themselves another insurance arm in what could end up being a Johnny Wholestaff afternoon, sending Orf back to Colorado Springs in favor of Jorge Lopez.
Orf’s promotion and MLB debut at the age of 28 was a feel-good story, but he struggled in his first handful of big league at-bats. He got 11 plate appearances in 4 games, going 1-for-9 with a walk and a HBP, striking out 3 times. His lone hit was the memorable home run against the Twins that got a standing ovation from the Miller Park crowd and a smile from Craig Counsell.
Lopez likely won’t be up for long, either, as he continues to fill one of the Triple-A shuttle positions in the bullpen. There’s a chance Wilkerson will be sent down soon, too, at least according to Adam McCalvy, who was responding to people wondering why Brandon Woodruff was passed over for today’s start against Atlanta:
I wouldn’t get too upset about pitchers passed over for this particular start. Because of the upcoming schedule, Counsell said, more pitchers will have to be called up over the 10 days into the break. It will be a team effort to cover this spot. https://t.co/ySxdZ1eiqW— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 6, 2018
There’s a chance we could see Orf up in the majors again this September, but that would assume no deals are made to shore up the middle infield before then, and that also doesn’t take into account we’ll likely see Orlando Arcia back on the active roster then, too.
Regardless of what happens to Orf after this, at least he’ll always have his Big League Moment.
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