With Aramis Ramirez set to be activated off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers had to a make a corresponding move. Utility man Elian Herrera was the odd-man out and was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
INF/OF Elian Herrera optioned to Triple-A @nashvillesounds. 3B Aramis Ramirez expected to come off the DL tomorrow.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 4, 2014
Herrera was batting .226/.241/.264 in 24 games with the Brewers this season, and while that is anything but good, optioning him is a bit of surprise. Irving Falu seemed to be the favorite to be removed from the 25-man roster as he has only appeared in three games and has yet to collect a hit.
In all likelihood, the Brewers wanted Herrera to see regular at-bats in the minors before calling him up again.
Ramirez has been on the disabled list since May 13 with a strained left hamstring. The 35-year-old third baseman is hitting .252 with five home runs and 21 runs knocked in.