Throughout the first month of the season, the Brewers have not had to make a lot of roster moves. Of the players on the opening day roster, Jake Cousins is currently the only one on the injured list. Health has thankfully been on their side. However once the roster sizes decreased to 26 players and Luis Urias returned, the Brewers found themselves short in the bullpen. This had lead to Luis Perdomo being called up to the big leagues and Keston Hiura being optioned to the minors.
RHP Luis Perdomo selected from Triple-A Nashville.
INF Keston Hiura optioned to Nashville. pic.twitter.com/lDnLIjPLNp
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 6, 2022
Hiura made the big league roster after a tremendous spring training. Up until his demotion he had accumulated 42 plate appearances and had a .216 batting average to go with it. At times it would look like he was going to return to his 2019 form, but playing time has been very hard to come by.
This year, Hiura had primarily been platooning at first base with Rowdy Tellez. Hiura’s splits against right handed and left handed pitchers indicate that this was not the most effective way to utilize him, but the remainder of the Brewers infield already has solid everyday players. In the minor leagues, Hiura should have the opportunity to play nearly every day and hopefully he will maintain confident for the Brewers likely will need him again at some point during the season.
The pitcher called up to the big leagues is Luis Perdomo. He is expected to work out of the bullpen.
Like Hiura, Perdomo had an incredible spring training. Perdomo missed all of 2021 while recovering from tommy john surgery and has not pitched in the big leagues since he was with the Padres in 2020. With the Nashville Sounds, Perdomo made nine appearances, pitched 12 innings, and was two-for-two in save opportunities.
With the addition of Perdomo into the bullpen, Craig Counsell announced that the Brewers will be keeping Aaron Ashby in the starting rotation throughout the month of May. The Brewers have just two remaining off days in May, so having more pitchers on the active roster at this time makes sense.
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