The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly recalled 2B Keston Hiura and infielder Tyler Saladino. To make room for them, the Crew optioned 3B Travis Shaw back to the minor leagues and designated utility player Hernan Perez for assignment.
#Brewers calling up Keston Hiura, sources tell The Athletic. Travis Shaw is being optioned to Triple-A.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) June 27, 2019
Hiura made his Major League debut back in May after Shaw hit the Injured List. During his 17-game stay in the Bigs, Hiura slashed .281/.333/.531 with five home runs. Once Shaw came off the IL, Hiura was sent back down to AAA. He continued to destroy baseballs after his return to San Antonio, hitting .321/.406/.655 with eight homers in 20 games with the Mission.
Meanwhile, Travis Shaw has floundered as an everyday player with the Milwaukee Nine. Shaw hit .174/.309/.326 since returning from the IL on June 4. The lack of production has steadily pushed him down the Brewers’ lineup.
While Shaw has been an offensive black hole, the Brewers have also been destroyed by left-handed pitching over the last month. Since Shaw’s return on June 4, the Brew Crew have gone 2-7 (I counted Wade LeBlanc even thought the Mariners used an opener) in games where the opposing team started a lefty. They went 7-5 against right-handed starters during that same stretch.
Saladino was also having a great year at AAA this season. The Salad Dinosaur is slashing .288/.375/.568 in 67 games for San Antonio with 14 homers and six stolen bases. He can play almost anywhere in the infield and the corner outfield. He had a 52-game stint with the Brewers last year where he hit .246/.364/.384 with three homers.
#Brewers designating Hernan Perez for assignment, sources tell The Athletic.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) June 28, 2019
Tyler Saladino will take over for Hernan Perez. Perez has played most of the last five seasons in a utility role with the Brewers. Over the last two seasons, his offensive production has significantly diminished, removing much of his value. He was getting increased play time against left-handed pitchers, but hit only .196/.255/.261 in 52 plate appearances through June. If he clears waivers, Perez can be sent down to the minor leagues.