The Milwaukee Brewers have made a flurry of roster moves today before game two against the Miami Marlins, placing two players on the Injured List and optioning another and then filling all those vacant spots. Manny Pina is down with a fractured toe, Daniel Robertson hits the concussion IL, and Phil Bickford is sent out to the Alternate Training Site, while Luke Maile, Corey Ray, and Patrick Weigel will join the active roster.
Pina told reporters that he broke his toe in the third inning of yesterday’s game when he got hit with a foul tip. He’s got four hits in 29 plate appearances on the season, but that includes two doubles and a homer for an 83 OPS+. Pina doesn’t believe that he’ll need the full 10 days to get all healed up, but the Brewers can’t go with just one catcher, making the IL stint necessary. Luke Maile had been a part of the taxi after signing as a free agent during the offseason, catching bullpens and getting familiar with the current pitching staff.
Robertson was hit with the head in a pitch on the 25th while attempting to bunt, was being monitored and will no hit the IL for concussion issues. He was the team’s primary backup at shortstop but is hitting only .105 this season with a .322 OPS. Pablo Reyes will now seemingly be the emergency shortstop, but Luis Urias will likely play everyday for the time being. Corey Ray will take Robertson’s spot on the roster and provide outfield depth; he debuted in the big leagues on April 24th with a walk in three plate appearances.
Phil Bickford threw 38 pitches while allowing two runs during his one inning of work yesterday, so he’s been optioned out for a fresh bullpen arm in Patrick Weigel. You can read more about pitching prospect Weigel, who was acquired as part of the return for Orlando Arcia, in Lindsey’s profile here. Weigel, who has starter experience in the minors, will not be a candidate to get the ball first on Wednesday’s game and is available out of the ‘pen tonight, according to Counsell. We can also likely eliminate prospect Alec Bettinger from that conversation after he recently threw in a simulated game at the ATS. Brent Suter could be a candidate as an opener tomorrow if he isn’t used tonight, otherwise it could be someone like Eric Lauer or veterans Zack Godley or Jordan Zimmermann.
In other updates, Lorenzo Cain is reportedly on track to return to the active roster by the start of the next road trip, if not before.