Milwaukee Brewers: Brinson Back, Phillips Sent Down

Matthew Dewoskin
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 25: Milwaukee Brewers outfielders Domingo Santana
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 25: Milwaukee Brewers outfielders Domingo Santana /
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Milwaukee Brewers made several roster moves before Wednesday’s game after Matt Garza went on the DL with a calf strain. Reliever Anthony Swarzak was added in his place. The team also chose to bring back top prospect Lewis Brinson. Sadly, that meant sending Brett Phillips back to Triple-A.

With Keon Broxton back in Triple-A already and Brett Phillips out of the picture, this could pave the way for Lewis Brinson to claim the everyday job in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Is Brinson In Milwaukee For Good?

Hopefully? This could very well end up as the last time Brinson moves between Colorado Springs and Milwaukee, but it really depends on how Lewis Brinson performs. If he looks overmatched at the plate and struggles in the field, he’ll be back in Colorado Springs. If he has quality at-bats and can handle center field, he’ll stay.

He already blasted his first home run at baseball’s highest level, so his second time up is already off to a better start than his first time. Clearly, having Brinson succeed is what’s best for the Brewers.

What About Brett Phillips?

He’ll be back. He was back in forth between Colorado Springs and Milwaukee twice in July. He racked up eight hits, including two homers, and appeared competent in the outfield. Phillips is the first outfielder called up if there’s an injury. At a minimum, he’ll be called up in September when the rosters expand.

Will Broxton Return To Milwaukee?

Two situations need to occur for Keon Broxton to return to the Milwaukee Brewers. Broxton needs to tear up Triple-A AND show improved plate discipline. Lewis Brinson also needs to flop in center field. While he should be back with the Brewers in September at the latest, there is a non-zero chance that Broxton has played his last game with the Brewers. The arrival of Lewis Brinson and Brett Phillips needing a full-time role could spell the end for Keon.

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The Milwaukee Brewers will have a few tough decisions in the next few years with their current glut of outfielder. If Lewis Brinson can stake a claim to the center field job and Domingo Santana continues to succeed in right, the Brewers will have a lot of young athletes to use in trades to strengthen the pitching staff. If the team can stock its outfield with quality players, and turn a few prospects into Major League talent, the rebuild will look more like a reload.

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