It turns out former Brewers first round pick Corey Ray’s MLB debut was a short one.
Facing a lack of depth on the infield after Daniel Robertson was hit in the head with a pitch on Sunday, the Brewers decided to send Ray back to the Alternate Training Site ahead of Monday night’s game against the Miami Marlins in favor of utility man Pablo Reyes.
INF/OF Pablo Reyes has been selected from the Alternate Training Site. OF Corey Ray has been optioned. pic.twitter.com/TvAVroFb3W— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 26, 2021
Reyes is able to cover some time in the outfield as well as the infield, likely making him the better option for the Brewers right now. With him now being on the 25-man roster and the Brewers facing a left-handed starter tonight, Craig Counsell went ahead and penciled Reyes into the lineup at third base, giving Travis Shaw the night off.
Reyes should not be confused with a good offensive player, but can at least stand at third base and reliably field ground balls, which is basically what Robertson was doing, anyway. He hit .203/.274/.322 in 71 games during his last extended big league stint in 2019 with the Pirates after missing the first half of that season due to a PED suspension. It’s probably a safe guess he won’t see too much time outside of playing against left-handed starters.
Ray only got three plate appearances in the short time he was up, drawing a walk while going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He did, however, get to make his Major League debut in front of his family in his hometown of Chicago.