The Milwaukee Brewers made a move to switch out backup outfielders before Thursday night’s series opener in Colorado. Derek Fisher, on the Injured List with a left hamstring injury since Spring Training, was activated and added to the roster. He took the place of Tim Lopes, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
OF Derek Fisher reinstated from the 10-day injured list.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 17, 2021
INF/OF Tim Lopes optioned to Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/kxgV5kH1zS
Fisher, 27, joined the Brewers in February when he was DFA’d by the Toronto Blue Jays then acquired via trade for a PTBNL (eventually, Paxton Shultz). He was making a pretty strong impression in Spring Training, including getting a lot of time in center field, before he went down with his injury. Fisher had been on an extended rehab assignment in Triple-A, but with the injury to Tyrone Taylor, the organization seems to have determined that this would be the best time to give Fisher a look and see if he can be of help at the big league level.
Fisher wasn’t exactly crushing it with Nashville, batting .220/.291/.380 with one home run across 55 plate appearances. But the former 1st-round pick and top prospect with Houston has a strong track record at Triple-A — .286/.374/.513 across 255 games — and has spent parts of five seasons at the MLB level with Houston and Toronto. Swing-and-miss issues have hampered his production at the game’s highest level, as he owns a .193/.285/.374 slash across 460 MLB plate appearances. Fisher went 0-for-2 in Thursday’s contest in Colorado as a mid-game replacement.
Tim Lopes’ first big league stint with the Brewers was a short one, lasting just five appearances. He recorded one hit and one walk in nine plate appearances, scoring once. He’ll head back to Nashville but figures to rejoin the MLB club at some point later this season.
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