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Perez is BACK, Shaw out (again)

August 09, 2019 - 4:05 pm

With the pitching down -- in terms of injuries and production -- the focus on the Brewers' bats to pick things up is paramount. With that in mind, the team continued its tweaking of the position player group. 

With Triple-A San Antonio, Hernan Perez hit .290 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 107 at bats. Craig Counsell wasted no time getting Perez back into the mix, starting the utilityman at shortstop in his first game back -- Friday against the Texas Rangers at Miller Park.

An offensive boost? Time will tell. If nothing else, the move gives the Brewers a legitimate option at shortstop off the bench and adds a right-handed bat to Craig Counsell's arsenal. With fellow lefties Eric Thames (at first base) and Mike Moustakas (at third base) producing at the plate, and rookie Keston Hiura laying claim to second base, there was simply no opportunity remaining for Shaw on the Major-League roster. 

Travis Shaw went a combined 2-for-14 in his return to big-league action which began in late July; both of those hits came in one game against the Cubs. On the year, Shaw is hitting just .162 with 74 strikeouts in 197 at bats; he hit six home runs with and 13 RBI.