While the Milwaukee Brewers organization was reeling from the news that Christian Yelich will miss six weeks with a fractured knee cap, there was some good news. Keston Hiura is reinstated from the Injured List, and can appear in games again.
Keston Hiura didn’t play on Wednesday night, but he is back on the roster. The Milwaukee Brewers second baseman missed the last 10 games with a strained left hamstring. He did some light running over the weekend, and was deemed fit enough to return to the active roster.
Will Hiura be able to boost the Milwaukee Brewers offense down the stretch, or is this more of a procedural move?
How did Hiura hurt his hamstring?
Hiura ran out a ground ball, and tweaked his hamstring on August 30th against the Chicago Cubs. He started clutching at his leg almost as soon as he reached the base, and needed to exit early. He was placed on the Injured List the next day.
It’s been a while, what were his numbers again?
Hiura was in the middle of one of the most impressive rookie campaigns the Milwaukee Brewers have ever seen.
In 70 games in the Majors in 2019, Hiura owns a .301/.369/.571 slash line with 16 homers, nine steals in 12 attempts, and 43 runs batted in. He’s been every bit the polished hitter he was expected to be when he was drafted ninth overall in 2017.
Hiura may never win a Gold Glove at second base, but he’s proven he can handle the position at the Major League level. He looks like he’ll be manning the keystone for the Milwaukee Brewers for the next decade at this point.
When will Hiura play?
There you have it. Hiura will pinch hit over the weekend, but he’s not going to start at second base for a few more days.
While Hiura isn’t ready to handle second base just yet, he can still swing a bat. It makes sense to let him take batting practice every day, pick up a few at bats as a pinch hitter, and get his swing back to where it needs to be after a 10-game layoff.
He’s not coming in to save the day after Christian Yelich‘s injury…at least, not right away.