The Brewers have made a roster move, bringing up Luis Urias and sending out Logan Morrison.
Well, that was fun while it lasted. After just 13 games, the Brewers have designated Logan Morrison for assignment, effectively ending his Brewers career.
Signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason, Morrison faced an uphill battle to make the initial roster coming out of spring training, but he was winning that battle at the time baseball was shut down.
When Brewers summer camp started up, Morrison continued to prove that he belonged on the roster, and with extra spots and a DH role open, LoMo was able to snag a spot for himself.
However, his hold on that roster spot did not last, and on August 10th, the Brewers DFAed Morrison. Through just nine games played and 25 at-bats, Morrison was hitting .120/.214/.280 with one home run.
The entire offense had been in a slump, and Logan Morrison was no different, but with still limited roster space, and the lack of an ability to play multiple positions, Morrison was the one who had to go.
The Beginning Of The Luis Urias Era
Finally, we’re going to see Luis Urias on the field for the Brewers. He missed all of spring training with a hamate bone injury but was just about to return to the field before camp shut down. Then when Summer Camp began, Urias had tested positive for Covid-19 and was unable to join the team until he tested negative twice in a row. Unfortunately, it took an oddly long amount of time for that to happen.
Towards the end of camp, Urias was finally cleared and sent to the alternate site in Appleton, where he continued to ramp up for the season. He’s now gotten about three weeks worth of work in and is ready to be called up.
This long anticipated battle with Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job is finally about to get started. So far, Arcia is hitting .276/.323/.310 this year and has a revamped swing that is yielding results.
However, Urias is no slouch when it comes to swinging the bat, so this competition should be fun to watch. The way this offense has been going, whoever can get hot will keep the job.
Urias will also be able to handle some duties at third base if necessary, even though there are three guys already handling that position.
This move also speaks to how highly the Brewers view Mark Mathias‘ emergence in the big leagues. As the most recent call up and least experienced player on the roster, Mathias would’ve been a prime candidate to get sent back down to the alternate training site for when Urias came up. Instead, the veteran Morrison gets the boot.
Also with Ryan Braun close to a return, he’ll be able to help Justin Smoak with the first base duties whenever necessary, making Morrison a little too redundant.
It’s a tough break for Logan Morrison, and he’ll likely catch on somewhere else on a big league roster.