Kolten Wong has been one of the Brewers most productive hitters so far this season. Unfortunately, a couple of injuries have put him on the IL, with the most recent one an oblique strain on June 4. With the offense struggling, the Brewers could use Wong back in the lineup, and they will get him back tonight as he was activated from the IL amid a series of roster moves before today’s game.
2B Kolten Wong reinstated from the 10-day injured list.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 18, 2021
RHP Zack Godley selected from Triple-A Nashville.
INF/OF Pablo Reyes and RHP Eric Yardley optioned to Nashville.
INF Jake Hager designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/To1aMJ7Wsv
Wong has been one of the strongest players on offense this season, posting a .280/.343/.441 batting line with four home runs, five stolen bases, and 15 RBI. With him out of the lineup, the brewers have had to use a combination of Daniel Robertson, Jace Peterson, and Pablo Reyes to cover the time there. The return of Wong will allow Luis Urias to work at third base with Travis Shaw out, which should help strengthen a lineup that has been struggling recently.
The Brewers also added to their pitching staff, selecting the contract of Zack Godley from Nashville. Godley has made one spot start with the Brewers this season, pitching three innings against the Marlins on April 28. He allowed four runs (three earned) in that start. Meanwhile, in Triple-A, he has posted a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings over 6 games (5 starts), posting a 34:12 K/BB ratio in those games.
To clear the space for these two players, the Brewers also optioned Pablo Reyes and Eric Yardley to the minors. Reyes had been recalled when Wong was injured, and mainly worked off the bench, though also got a few starts at third base during Wong’s IL stint. In the two weeks he was with the team, he went 1-for-11 with a walk and three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Yardley pitched mainly in middle innings, posting a 8.22 ERA over 7.2 IP since his return from the IL on May 25.
The Brewers also needed to clear a 40-man spot for Godley, so they also designated Jake Hager for assignment. Hager had been claimed off waivers from the Mets on May 25. Since rejoining the organization, Hager went 15-for-71 (.211 AVG) with 8 walks and 2 home runs in 18 games for Nashville.
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