The Milwaukee Brewers had seemingly gotten a break from injuries in recent days. But on Friday, the team announced that they would be down an outfielder for the foreseeable future.
Rookie outfielder Blake Perkins was placed on the 10-day injured list yesterday with a strain to his left oblique muscle, the team stated. Infielder Abraham Toro was recalled from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to take his roster spot for the time being.
Perkins was signed to a major league contract this past offseason after spending the previous year in the Yankees organization and despite having no experience in the majors up to that point. When fellow outfielder Garrett Mitchell suffered what turned out to be a major injury early this season, Perkins was recalled and made his Major League debut shortly thereafter.
At the plate, Perkins is slashing just .212/.311/.297 with four doubles and two homers in 56 games. He did, however, have his first career walkoff hit last Saturday in a win over the Pirates that, at the time, clinched at least a split of the four game series.
In the field, though, Perkins has been outstanding this season. Across all outfield positions, he has provided six outs above average and eight defensive runs saved, tying him for 11th and 9th, respectively, among all MLB outfielders (no minimum).
On Friday, the Brewers placed OF Blake Perkins on the 10-day IL and recalled INF Abraham Toro.
With Perkins on the IL, the Brewers turn once again to infielder Abraham Toro, who is back from Triple-A Nashville for his third stint with the club this season. The 26-year-old was acquired in the Jesse Winker-Kolten Wong trade this last offseason.
Toro has played well so far in his limited time with the Brewers this season. In just eight games, Toro is 8-for-18 with a pair of homers, four runs scored, and nine runs batted in. He has also walked once and struck out five times.
The Brewers have had a deep pool of infielders with which to choose from this season, though, and with players like Andruw Monasterio and Brice Turang currently playing well alongside Brian Anderson, Willy Adames, and Carlos Santana, it has left Toro as the odd man out.
Now, he joins a Brewers team that looks to stretch their lead in the NL Central to more than three games for the first time all season. With two more games against the Chicago White Sox, now is as good a time as any to get that done.