Travis Shaw is having a rough go of things in Triple-A as he continues to rehab his wrist injury, but he will be back with the Brewers by the start of their next homestand, according to manager Craig Counsell.
Travis Shaw is set to rejoin the Brewers after this weekend’s Triple-A series against Omaha, Craig Counsell said. Corresponding move is obviously TBD, but there aren’t a lot of options in the position player group.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 30, 2019
Shaw has gone 4-for-23 with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 games for the San Antonio Missions on his rehab stint, leading to some speculation that the Brewers could keep him down longer to also get his confidence back at the plate.
It doesn’t look like that will happen, though, if the plan is to bring him up after the weekend and rejoin the team back in Milwaukee on Monday against Miami. While the results haven’t been great in the stat line -- similar to when Jeremy Jeffress was getting hit hard in San Antonio before being activated anyway, and then mostly pitching well once he was in the majors -- the Brewers have maintained he’ll be back once he’s ready.
As Adam McCalvy mentioned, who gets sent down in favor of Shaw isn’t easy to figure out, at least at this point. Keston Hiura was the one to come up when Shaw hit the injured list, but has hit well enough that sending him down and plugging Shaw back in the lineup may be a gamble. At the same time, it’s hard to figure how there are enough consistent at-bats to go around for both Shaw and Hiura, especially with the lefty-hitting Eric Thames now getting most of the playing time at first base.