Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias has been out with a hamstring injury that was sustained on opening day against the Chicago Cubs. He was moved to the 60-day IL earlier and was eligible to return on May 30. However, the Brewers elected to keep him on rehab assignment for an additional week in order to get some more at-bats. The Brewers have now announced that he is expected to return to the team on Tuesday June 6.
How will Luis Urias fit in with the current Milwaukee Brewers roster and lineup?
Luis Urias, who is well-versed defensively at third base and second base, will likely slot in primarily at one of those two positions. He does have the ability to play shortstop, but Willy Adames will resume that position once he returns from the IL. Andrew Monasterio has done a nice job filling in during Adames’ absence.
The return of Luis Urias could then spell trouble for other middle infielders on the Brewers roster. Owen Miller is a lock to stay on the roster, but Mike Brosseau, Abraham Toro, Andruw Monasterio, and Brice Turang could all be on the bubble of being optioned to the minor leagues.
Taking a further dive into these candidates, rookie Brice Turang is in a major slump at the plate. Since May 23 he has collected just one hit in his last 30 plate appearances and drawn just one free pass. His season batting average is awfully close to dropping below the Mendoza line and he has a dismal .547 OPS. Some time in Triple-A to get some consistent at-bats may be what he needs to get going at the plate.
Tuesday June 6 marks the start of a six game home stand for the Milwaukee Brewers. Hopefully Luis Urias’ return sparks the team to some victories over the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics.
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