Wicho has returned. After missing the first month of the regular season with a quad strain, the Milwaukee Brewers have their third baseman back.
Luis Urias showed up to spring training in the best shape of his life, looking much stronger and preparing for his role as the starting third baseman in 2022. It didn’t take long for that to get derailed as Urias pulled his quad running the bases in the second Cactus League game of the year.
His recovery has been slow but he went out to Double-A Biloxi on a minor league rehab assignment over a week ago to ramp up.
Urias got 27 at-bats, and although he only had four hits, he reached the number of ABs the Brewers wanted to see him get before they brought him up.
In order to make room for Urias on the roster, Jose Urena was designated for assignment.
The return of Luis Urias to the Brewers lineup puts the offense at full strength and will provide a much needed boost.
Last season, Urias surprised many by slugging 23 homers, showcasing a power tool that scouts and analysts had not seen before. He took over the third base job midseason and that improved power ability gives him staying power at the position beyond just his defense.
2022 is slated to be a breakout year for the 24 year old Urias. Although it was delayed a bit, now we can finally see what kind of production Urias can provide and prove last year was not just a fluke.
Urias has always been thought of as a talented hitter and he’s still incredibly young to be playing at the major league level especially with the amount of experience he has in the big leagues.
While the offense started the break out a little over the last week, they still could use some consistent contributions and not just a flurry of hot and cold stretches. Urias provides steady offense and production.
Jace Peterson and Mike Brosseau filled in at third base while Urias was injured. Brosseau was hitting .250 (7-for-28) with a home run and was just optioned down to Triple-A as the rosters shrunk from 28 players to 26. Peterson is hitting .159 (7-for-44) with a .487 OPS and now will shift back to a bench role.
While Brosseau has been more productive than Peterson, Brosseau does have options remaining while Peterson doesn’t which is what played into the decision to keep Peterson over Brosseau… for now.
By taking Peterson out of the lineup and replacing him with Urias, the Brewers lineup immediately improves. The Brewers just had one of their best months of April ever and that was without Urias. Now that he’s back, hopefully we can see this team hit their stride.
Urena being sent out isn’t too surprising. He was signed late, pitched in mop up duty and struggled in that role. Jandel Gustave and Hoby Milner have pitched well and are deserving of staying up.