Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis, more than two weeks after he suffered a right ankle injury while sliding hard into the second base bag.
Taveras has been able to jog lightly and perform some low-intensity agility drills, but the soreness in his ankle remains and the Memphis Redbirds didn’t want to play a man short for any longer. The talented 20-year-old should be cleared for live action soon.
Taveras was batting .317/.351/.480 with four homers, eight doubles and 20 RBI through his first 31 games this season at the Triple-A level. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 23 homers, 37 doubles and 94 RBI in 124 games last year for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.
Taveras should make his way up to the major leagues at some point later this summer.
Brewers outfielder Eric Thames made an early exit from Friday’s game against the Cardinals after colliding with Lorenzo Cain on an outfield catch in the first inning. According to an official report, he has been diagnosed with right knee soreness and is presumably day-to-day for the time being.
It was a brutal collision knocked both outfielders flat on their backs, but they were able to resume their positions and stick it out for the rest of the inning. Thames was up in the second, too, and struck out on five pitches from St. Louis right-hander Jack Flaherty before making an eventual exit in the top of the third. He was replaced on the field and in the lineup by Hernan Perez.
Entering Friday’s contest, the 31-year-old Thames carried a .230/.308/.516 batting line, 16 home runs and an .824 OPS in his second full season with the Brewers. He hasn’t replicated the career-high .247-average, 31-homer, 2.1-fWAR totals of his breakout performance in 2017, though that’s likely due to a combination of decreased playing time and lengthy recovery periods mandated by several significant injuries, including a torn UCL in his left thumb and a right hamstring strain. There’s no word yet on when he might return to the lineup this season.