The Milwaukee Brewers start a pivotal series against the rival St. Louis Cardinals tonight at American Family Field, and they will be welcoming back one of their most important offensive weapons just in time. Shortstop Willy Adames hasn’t played since September 4th while dealing with a biceps issue, but he has been activated and is in the lineup tonight against Jon Lester.
SS Willy Adames reinstated from the 10-day injured list.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 20, 2021
INF/OF Tim Lopes optioned to Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/3Fr8ERBP9L
Since arriving in Milwaukee in May, Adames has been a revelation both offensively and on defense. He’s provided a steady glove at shortstop and has elevated his play at the plate to a star-caliber level. In 88 games and 365 plate appearances for Milwaukee, Adames is hitting .294/.375/.529 with 17 home runs, 51 RBI, and four stolen bases (in six attempts). Adames has also been an integral presence in the locker room and dugout, a high-energy player who has been credited by his teammates for changing the dynamic of the team with his arrival.
Adames may be eased back in to regular play since he didn’t take a rehab assignment, but with about two weeks left to play, he should have plenty of opportunity for at-bats to be ready for the postseason.
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