Keston Hiura has been a polarizing figure among Brewers fans for several years. After a breakout 2019 season, he struggled through the shortened 2020 season before becoming borderline unplayable in 2021, posting just a 49 OPS+ 197 plate appearances.
Huira has struggled to find a position and playing time in the current Brewer roster, as the Brewers have Kelton Wong entrenched at second base while Rowdy Tellez has thrived at first. His reverse platoon splits have also been working against Hiura, meaning the right-handed hitter struggles against left-handed pitching. This has led manager Craig Counsell to have difficulty regularly finding a place to play Hiura.
Replacing Hiura is 28-year-old minor league journeyman Luis Perdomo, likely a stop-gap move as the Brewers want to bolster their bullpen during a stretch where the team plays nine games in nine days, the final six on the road.
Suppose Hiura remains in the minor leagues for 20 days. In that case, the Brewers will burn his remaining option, which means they will need to make a difficult decision on Hiura this fall or next spring, as he will be required to remain on the 26-man Major League roster or be exposed to waivers.
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