Milwaukee Brewers: Tyler Saladino headed to the DL
By Trevor Hooth
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Tyler Saladino is headed to the disabled list after rolling his ankle over the base.
It has been diagnosed as an ankle sprain. The training staff had to help him off of the field early in the Milwaukee Brewers game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler Saladino was off to a very hot start in his Brewers career.
A groundball was hit to Hernan Perez with the bases loaded, so Saladino went to cover the second base bag. This is a simple, and routine, play. Saladino just landed on the bag in the wrong way and rolled his ankle very badly. It goes to show that anything can happen in baseball, even on the routine plays.
The obvious choice is Orlando Arcia. However, he was just sent down. Even though he may be the best available option, he would not have been able to get all of the work he needed done in a few days. Four games into his time in Triple A, he is hitting .267.
Another option is Nate Orf, who is hitting over .300 in Triple A. He has a proven track record, but he has yet to get his shot with the Brewers. The biggest issue there is Orf not being on the 40 man roster, so room will have to be made for him.
It was certainly a hot streak for him in 2018 during his first 45 at bats. The career .236 hitter was playing way above his head, but it gave the Milwaukee Brewers flexibility to send Arcia down to get some work in.
Without Saladino, it leaves the Brewers thin enough to give Arcia another chance. Because of the injury, Arcia will be allowed to come back before the waiting period is over. But that could mean the end of Saladino starting. There is no telling how he will play when he returns.
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Best of luck to Saladino as he recovers. If he can come back playing as well as when he left, then that will be great for the Milwaukee Brewers.