With the Milwaukee Brewers needing some extra firepower in the bullpen due to a heavy game schedule over the next month, it was time to make a roster move. It came at the expense of a player who may have lost his platoon spot, at least for now.
On Friday afternoon, the Brewers made a roster move prior to the start of their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves that at first was maybe a tad surprising until you started to dig deeper. They announced that RHP Luis Perdomo had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville and was being called up, while INF Keston Hiura was being sent back down in his place.
With the emerging brilliance of Rowdy Tellez, who has now earned every day playing time, at first base and stalwart Kolten Wong at second, the at bats were not going to be consistent enough for Hiura to get going at the plate.
While Hiura has shown flashes at time in 2022, in other spurts he has struggled to start the season. So far this year, the 25-year-old is hitting just .216 with a .310 on base percentage and a pair of homers in 42 plate appearances.
So, while INF Keston Hiura heads to Triple-A, RHP Luis Perdomo adds another arm to the Brewers pitching staff.
So far at Triple-A Nashville, Perdomo has put up impressive numbers, pitching to a 2.25 ERA in 12 IP with 13 strikeouts and two saves. As we mentioned back in December, Perdomo did miss the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery, but flashed moments of brilliance in the Dominican Winter League.
With this move, Perdomo will be the 14th Pitcher on the active roster. And with the Brewers about to kick off a nine-game road trip, not to mention having only two days off all month, manager Craig Counsell mentioned exactly why adding an extra arm to the bullpen was necessary.
As a starter in 2022, Aaron Ashby has just a 0.93 ERA and a 1.241 WHIP and is holding opponents to a .097 batting average. So, with the Brewers playing 30 games in the next 31 days, adding the talented lefty to the rotation makes a ton of sense, as does bringing Perdomo up from the minors.
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On one hand, Perdomo should help Milwaukee weather a tough may schedule. On the other, one hopes that some consistent playing time can help Hiura gain momentum and rejoin the Brewers in a weeks’ time.