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Arcia back with Brewers after offense picks up

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Orlando Arcia won't look noticeably different swinging the bat in his return from a demotion to the Minor Leagues, but the Brewers are banking that a hot streak at Triple-A Colorado Springs will show up in the box scores.

The team reinstalled Arcia at shortstop for Thursday's series opener against the Giants, following nearly a month in the Minors capped by an eight-game hitting streak in which Arcia went 16-for-37. The Brewers optioned reliever Jorge Lopez back to Colorado Springs to clear a spot on the active roster.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Orlando Arcia won't look noticeably different swinging the bat in his return from a demotion to the Minor Leagues, but the Brewers are banking that a hot streak at Triple-A Colorado Springs will show up in the box scores.

The team reinstalled Arcia at shortstop for Thursday's series opener against the Giants, following nearly a month in the Minors capped by an eight-game hitting streak in which Arcia went 16-for-37. The Brewers optioned reliever Jorge Lopez back to Colorado Springs to clear a spot on the active roster.

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"You have to have a strong head," said Arcia. "You know that's part of baseball -- you're going to have good times, you're going to have bad times. You have to be able to keep your head strong and know that you're going to get out of it."

He described that work as more a matter of approach than mechanics. Arcia worked with Triple-A hitting coach Dave Joppie and manager Rick Sweet on plate discipline and pitch recognition -- issues that led to his .197/.231/.251 slash line and 27 wRC+ in the Major Leagues prior to the demotion.

"A lot of this was about just getting your confidence back," manager Craig Counsell said. "He's had an extended stretch of playing well and swinging the bat well. We all know the contributions he is making defensively, and they are impactful. We think he can do his share offensively at this point.

"... You're not going to see a lot different. There was no big overhaul that happened or large mechanical changes that happened. It's rare you'll see that in-season. It comes down to the most important thing for hitters -- their ball/strike recognition and swinging at the right pitches."

Video: Counsell on Brewers recalling Arcia from Triple-A

Lopez's departure left the Brewers with seven relievers, not the eight-man alignment they have used most of this season. But that is likely to change Friday when the team activates newly acquired Joakim Soria and brings Matt Albers back from the 10-day disabled list.

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• Counsell said an MRI scan of right-hander Zach Davies' stiff lower back revealed no structural damage. Davies, who developed back pain in late June just as he was ready to come off the DL for a shoulder injury, had been shut down since experiencing another setback this week.

"We're going to move forward as he tolerates, really. We're not going to stop him from throwing," Counsell said. "The MRI showed up really good and he's felt really good again. I think we have to push him forward to see if the symptoms come back."

• Brewers infield prospect Jake Gatewood will be in Milwaukee on Friday for an examination of his injured left knee with head physician William Raasch. Gatewood, No. 14 on MLB Pipeline's updated Brewers Top 30 unveiled Thursday, was injured running to first base at Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday.

• Counsell said he had not delivered any particular instructions to reliever Josh Hader, who faces his first games on the road since apologizing for the racist, sexist and homophobic tweets he sent as a 17-year-old that came to light during the All-Star Game.

"The approach we've tried to take with Josh is let's move forward," Counsell said. "From our perspective, it's important that we love him and we support him and make his days as normal as possible. Look, this is hanging over Josh. He feels this every day. That's not going to go away after today."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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