Left Side of the Infield Timeshare
Orlando Arcia has been moving around the left side of the infield this spring, getting reps at third and shortstop. This materialized in the current plan according to Craig Counsell - for Arcia to share time with Travis Shaw at third and Luis Urías at shortstop. Arcia has been the starting shortstop for the Crew for the last four years. That may change this year, as the Brewers are intent on giving Luis Urías a real shot at short. Urías made limited appearances in 2020, his first season with the Brewers, because of injury, the shortened season, and contracting COVID-19.
Counsell said the plan now is for Arcia to share time with Shaw at 3B and share time with Urias at SS. Sort of three into two, with Daniel Robertson in that mix as well.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 23, 2021
The Brewers have assembled a difficult-to-beat late-inning bullpen setup.
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirms that he plans to use Josh Hader more as traditional ninth-inning reliever again in 2021. Of course, it helps to have NL rookie of year Devin Williams in front of him.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 23, 2021
Craig Counsell confirmed the team will use Josh Hader more as a traditional closer while Reliever/Rookie of the Year Devin Williams is available to play more of a setup role. Yesterday’s win over the Dodger’s presented us with a preview of what this might look like:
Josh Hader, Unfair Back Foot Slider...and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ctuRCgFInI— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 23, 2021
Coupla Brewers injury notes:— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 23, 2021
-- After live BP yesterday, Ray Black (elbow) will get in a game this week. Tentatively Thurs. night at Giants.
-- Jacob Nottingham (thumb surgery) is catching 'pens but they are going slow because he's had setbacks. Looks like IL to start the yr.
Missing Jackie Bradley Jr. in the lineup? JBJ hasn’t played the last few days because of minor wrist soreness. Expect him back in the lineup by the end of the week.