The Milwaukee Brewers have used a plethora of players this season. Unfortunately injuries played a major factor as to why certain guys have not been seen in the big leagues as of late. That could change as early as Tuesday, September 26 because the Triple-A season is now over and the Brewers had four players on injury assignment with the Nashville Sounds.
Four Milwaukee Brewers players who could get activated and placed on the active roster.
On injury rehab assignment with the Sounds was Garrett Mitchell, Jesse Winker Darin Ruf, and Aaron Ashby. Will any of them be activated to the Brewers big league roster?
Of the four mentioned, Garrett Mitchell probably has the highest likelihood of returning. He has not appeared in a big league game since the middle of April for he sustained a shoulder injury and underwent surgery. Miraculously he returned to game action with the Sounds a week and a half ago, hit leadoff, and played the outfield with no reported set backs.
If the Brewers were to activate Garrett Mitchell he would join a loaded outfield group consisting of Christian Yelich, Sal Frelick, Mark Canha, Tyrone Taylor, and Blake Perkins. It may be hard for him to sneak into the starting lineup, but there could be a role for him to enter as a pinch hitter, pinch runner, or defensive replacement.
As for Jesse Winker, Darin Ruf, and Aaron Ashby they are all less likely to be activated. Jesse Winker has struggled this year and it would not make much sense to activate him.
Darin Ruf, who was rehabbing back from a patella fracture, initially was brought in to play first base when left-handed pitchers were on the mound. This spot is currently occupied by Carlos Santana and he is also unlikely to be utilized as the designated hitter.
Lastly the Brewers have indicated earlier that Aaron Ashby will not figure into their big league bullpen this season. His last few outings were all done with the intention of setting himself up for 2024 as he was still experiencing issues with his velocity returning.
It is possible that the Brewers chose to not activate any of the above mentioned players. They also could go in a completely different direction and call up other 40-man roster players such as Eric Lauer, Owen Miller, Joey Wiemer, or Jahmai Jones. If they do make a move a corresponding roster transaction would have to be made in which pitcher J.B. Bukauskas would be one player to consider taking off the big league roster.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Garrett Mitchell has type-1 diabetes. After being drafted by the Brewers from UCLA in 2020, Mitchell has openly discussed his development as a player while managing his condition. He appeared in twenty-four games for the Brewers last season and recently got married.
Yes, Jesse Winker is currently injured with back spasms. He has been sidelined since late July and is cleared for a rehab assignment with High-A Wisconsin next week. Winker's absence from the game has been due to his ongoing back issues.
Yes, Darin Ruf is currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a one-year contract with the team on May 15, 2023. However, on June 2, he suffered a knee laceration in a game against the Cincinnati Reds while chasing a foul ball.