The Brewers announced on Monday that second baseman Keston Hiura has been optioned to Triple-A San Antonio to make room for infielder Travis Shaw, who is returning from the injured list.
Hiura, 22, impressed since making his major league debut on May 14, batting .281/.333/.531 with five home runs and nine RBI in 69 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rates Hiura as the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 15 across baseball.
Shaw, 29, hit a lackluster .163/.266/.281 in 154 PA prior to missing three weeks with a strained right wrist. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers GM David Stearns said, “We believe that Travis has earned the right to play at the Major League level right now. And he’s healthy. He’s gone and done his rehab assignment, and we believe that it’s time for him to come back.”
Needless to say, Brewers fans aren’t pleased with this bit of news.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.