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Monday, May 03, 2021

Brewers activate Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain from injured list, send out Keston Hiura and Tyrone Taylor

To open roster spots, the Brewers optioned first baseman Keston Hiura and outfielder Tyrone Taylor to Class AAA Nashville. Hiura was mired in a season-long slump, batting .152 with a .513 OPS, one homer, five runs batted in and 32 strikeouts in 89 plate appearances, and it was decided the time had come to take some pressure off him with a change of scenery.

“It’s a decision we discussed a whole week, really, in advance of this,” Counsell said. “At this point, it’s just best for Keston to get to a different environment, maybe take a little time off here before he starts playing in games again. Then, just get started in a new environment.

“We still really believe Keston can be our primary first baseman and has the ability to be a force in the middle of our lineup. We just weren’t there and it felt like we almost were getting farther from that than closer. I really think this is going to benefit Keston. I think it could be a short-term thing and he can be back, and being a productive offensive player fairly quickly.

“This will provide a mental re-start for him, a little bit. When you’re going through things like this, speaking from experience, a coach can say things to you and it doesn’t process. Nothing really makes sense when you step in the (batter’s) box. Sometimes, just different scenario and a different voice helps that.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2021 at 10:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
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