Brewers: Jonathan Villar to DL, Lewis Brinson called up
For the third time this week, the Milwaukee Brewers summoned one of their top prospects to the majors.
The team announced on Saturday that second baseman Jonathan Villar was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the result of an injury suffered Friday night.
To replace Villar, the Brewers recalled Class AAA Colorado Springs outfielder Lewis Brinson to join the team in Phoenix, where the Brewers faced the Diamondbacks. Brinson is the team’s No. 1 minor leaguer and among Major League Baseball’s top prospects.
Villar was injured making a diving stab of a grounder by Chris Herrmann and throw to first base from shallow right field in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 8-6 victory on Friday. He began suffering back spasms and had to be taken from the field on a cart.
Brinson, 23, was acquired as one of three players from Texas on Aug. 1 in a trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress.
In 45 games for the Sky Sox this season, he was batting .312 with a .397 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage. He had 13 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 25 RBIs.
The Brewers promoted top pitching prospect Josh Hader on Friday after having called up outfielder Brett Phillips earlier in the week. By waiting until early June to call the players up, the team will get to keep each player for an additional season prior to arbitration.