Brewers explore infield options vs. Marlins

September 10th, 2019

MIAMI -- The Brewers expect shortstop Orlando Arcia back by Wednesday at the latest after his fiancee, Elena, gave birth to twin girls on Sunday. The club did not place Arcia -- who left Sunday's 8-5 win over the Cubs early -- on the paternity list and made no move with September roster expansion already in effect.

Hernan Perez filled in at shortstop for Arcia during Monday's series opener at Marlins Park, his first start at the position since Aug. 13. Cory Spangenberg, another option at short, got the nod at second base. The only other 40-man option, Tyler Saladino, has been sidelined by a left shoulder injury.

"We're fine," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We have shortstops. The number of infielders we have is the issue. [Mike Moustakas] is improving. ... He's available to play defense. The other plans involve one of the catchers -- Jacob [Nottingham] or Yasmani [Grandal] -- something like that if we need an infielder."

Moustakas took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Marlins. "Moose" has been dealing with a bone bruise in his left hand, which has kept him out of the lineup since last Monday.

According to Counsell, Moustakas' return depends on the feedback he provides. Milwaukee's skipper would like to get him on the field again one more time, with 20 games remaining ahead of Monday's series opener and the postseason race coming down to the wire.

"He's got a bruise, [and] it involves some places where tendons connect with his hand, and so this is just a pain thing that he's been dealing with," Counsell said. "And he desperately wants to be out there, he just can't swing effectively right now. As soon as he can, he's going to be back in the lineup. We want him out there as soon as we can. He went through this once before, and unfortunately the pain was too much still, so we've just got to be careful.

"At some point, he's going to go out there and play. You get to a certain point in the season where I think that's what he's going to challenge himself with. We're not there yet, so we just have to wait 'til we get there. We have to take his feedback. I think that's important. Structurally, we haven't found anything, so his feedback in this is really important."

Other injury updates
Manny Pina (concussion protocol) could return by the end of the series in Miami.

Keston Hiura (left hamstring strain) took batting practice on the field.

"Trainers are working hard, the guys are working hard to continue to get them on the field," Counsell said. "We all understand that everything that we're doing right now, we've got to use some urgency, but for injured guys, we've got to be smart with that and too soon is problematic. We're making good progress, but just staying the course with it."

Key player out for Biloxi
When Double-A Biloxi battles for the Southern League Championship Series this week for the third time in five years, the Shuckers will be without outfielder Dillon Thomas, who was struck in the face by a pitch while squaring to bunt during Sunday's 8-4 win over Pensacola. He was removed from the game after the incident.

The Brewers released the following statement on Monday: "Dillon Thomas was struck in the jaw during last night's game and sustained a jaw fracture. He was evaluated and treated, and surgery scheduled for later this week to repair the fracture. Dillon is in stable condition and resting comfortably. This injury will unfortunately result in him missing the Southern League Championship Series for the Shuckers."

Thomas compiled a .265/.339/.434 slash line with 25 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 131 games for Biloxi this season.

Getting the call ... again
When the season comes to an end, Tyrone Taylor has an offseason job waiting for him.

Taylor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he heard back from FedEx on Monday about the package handling job in Phoenix he interviewed for last week. He has 45 days to accept it.

The Brewers promoted the 25-year-old outfielder on Saturday for his first Major League callup.