NEW YORK − Earlier this month, infielder Brice Turang was optioned to Triple-A amid offensive struggles and as the the Milwaukee Brewers infield picture became crowded with players returning from injuries.
Just over three weeks later, Turang is back with the Brewers thanks in large part to similar difficulties at the plate from one of the players whose return from the injured list force the rookie down to the minors.
Since 2021, Luis Urías has been a regular in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup, but poor performance on offense since returning from a hamstring injury in early June resulted in him being optioned to Triple-A before Thursday’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field as Turang rejoined the club.
The numbers bear out the story for Urías.
After missing more than two months with a hamstring strain suffered on opening day and returning on June 5, he has batted just .145/.299/.236 (average, on-base, slugging) with one home run and three extra-base hits in 20 games.
“Yeah, I mean, Luis has struggled,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday. “There’s no question about it. The injury set him back. In totality, he’s got, like, 110 plate appearances on the season. But he’s struggled. He’s a player that we were counting on and obviously has provided very consistent offense, very solid offense for the last two years here in addition to really solid defense.
“He’s playing good defense so far, but we need the solid offense. That’s something that we’ve been counting on for sure. It’s a player who I think has been a very consistent hitter in this league, so it’s been a surprise and I think he can get it going.
“You try to think that because his season got shut down for two months that maybe this is kind of paying for that a little bit right now and hopefully the good stuff is right around the corner.”
Turang, meanwhile, was optioned on June 7 as Urías and shortstop Willy Adames returned from the injured list. At the time of his demotion, the 23-year-old had an OPS of .561 on the year and had just three hits in his previous 44 at-bats.
But Turang locked in at the plate while with Nashville, batting .298 with a .927 OPS and nine extra-base hits in 63 plate appearances over the past three weeks. He at one point hit a home run in three consecutive games.
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