Brewers INF Andruw Monasterio doesn't deserve a little patience
Perhaps leading the race for the most surprising addition to the Brewers active roster in 2023 is infielder Andruw Monasterio. Perhaps equally surprising was the quick impact he had once he got there.
At one point, Milwaukee found themselves suddenly short middle infielders with Urias still on the IL and Willy Adames out with a concussion. Monasterio was then added to both the 40-man and 26-man rosters and came storming out of the gate for the Crew.
Monasterio collected seven hits in his first six games with the Brewers, including a double and a three-run homer. Since he was producing, and rookie Brice Turang was in a slump that eventually reached 1-for-41, it saw the latter get demoted to Triple-A for a bit of a reset.
Since then, Monasterio himself has cooled down quite a bit. In his last 10 games, the 26-year-old has gone just 2-for-20 with seven strikeouts and just three walks. And though he doesn't have any errors yet, he is already in the negative in Outs Above Average (-1) and Defensive Runs Saved (-1).
Meanwhile, Turang has a hit in seven of eight games since joining Triple-A Nashville, three of which were homers. The batting average and OBP are still low, so it would be nice to see those come up a bit, but at least there are signs of life. And don't forget about his elite defense.
Ideally, Turang is the one you're rolling with at second, it was just a matter of him slumping at the same time another infielder happened to be hot. But if that's no longer the case, there's no need to be patient with Monasterio, just make the switch back to your original starting second baseman.
It's hard to be patient when your team is struggling. Unfortunately, you're often bound to the players you have and patience is your only option.