Brewers activate Keston Hiura from IL
In the wake of the Milwaukee Brewers losing superstar Christian Yelich for the remainder of the season, the team was in need of a boost in their offense. Rookie second baseman Keston Hiura, who had been out since Aug. 31 dealing with a hamstring injury, was reinstated from the injury list and subsequently inserted back into the starting lineup on Wednesday.
For his first game back on the roster, the Brewers continued their four-game jaunt with the Miami Marlins, but the University of California-Irvine product was not in the starting lineup. Hiura, who before the injury was producing big-time offensive numbers on his way to being one of the more standout rookies in the National League this season, is a welcomed sight for sore eyes on the Milwaukee club.
Having clawed their way back into the Wild Card hunt, the Brewers currently sit only one game behind the Chicago Cubs coming into Wednesday’s action, which is a testament to how well this team has been playing since the calendar flipped to the month of September.
Manager Craig Counsell seems to get the best out of his players in the ninth month of the year, and 2018 was no different at all, as the team not only got themselves back into playoff position, they tied the Cubs for the divisional title, went to Wrigley and won the tie-breaking game, swept the Colorado Rockies in the NL Divisional Series, and even took the Los Angeles Dodgers to seven games in the NL Championship Series.
Getting back up to game speed will be key for Hiura, as the second base position is his when he is back at full strength. The combination of Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez has been manning that role this season in place of Hiura, so he should not have to fight all that hard to get back into the starting lineup.
For the Brewers, even with their MVP going down for the remainder of the season with an injury, they still are very much in the thick of things for the postseason, something that Yelich helped get them back into before bowing out with his injury. Hiura will be one of the key players in their race back to the playoffs, and with him back on the team, the Brewers do look quite a bit more dangerous for their potential postseason opponents.