The injury bug has not been kind to the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Earlier, following a string of injuries, the Brewers lost both Daniel Vogelbach and Travis Shaw within two week of one another. Thankfully both seem to be recovering well and are currently on a minor league rehab assignment. Lets check in on how each of them are doing.
Daniel Vogelbach was sent on minor league rehab assignment July 29th to the Nashville Sounds. He initially was placed on the IL following a hamstring injury against the Diamondbacks.
Over the course of nine days and six games, Vogelbach has logged 17 at bats with the Sounds. He has collected five hits, two of which have been home runs. He additionally appears to be seeing the ball well for he has drawn five base on balls as well.
Today marks day ten of his minor league assignment which means likely the last day of Vogelbach’s rehab is August 17th.
#Brewers Daniel Vogelbach homered for Nashville on Day 9 of his hamstring rehab. Position players can go down 20 days. You can bet club will maximize that stay to the end to protect themselves against a Rowdy Tellez injury. Not sure how hard MLB officials track that type of stuff
— Jim Goulart (@Mass_Haas) August 7, 2021
Travis Shaw is also rehabbing with the Nashville Sounds. His assignment began on July 27th following the left shoulder dislocation that he sustained while playing against the Reds.
Today marks day 12 of Shaw’s rehab assignment with the Sounds. He has appeared in seven games and has collected five hits. He is yet to collect an extra base hit but has driven in two base runners and has five walks as well. This is good enough for a .263 batting average and .440 on base percentage.
With both of these players rehab deadlines rapidly approaching, it will be interesting to see what the Brewers elect to do. Rowdy Tellez is currently having a lot of success at the plate and Eduardo Escobar has been playing a lot of third base. Luis Urias additionally remains a valuable piece to this team and would be preferred option to play third base if Escobar is not.
Odds are one, if not both, players may be designated for assignment with the hopes of clearing waivers and staying with the organization. Travis Shaw is a veteran and can refuse being optioned down whereas Vogelbach has no minor league options remaining. This certainly makes for an interesting dilemma in the near future.
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