One man’s misfortune is another man’s luck?
That may be a bit of an unfair statement, but it’s certainly true where there’s competition for a limited number of spots. That’s especially true in Major League Baseball (MLB), where only a handful of players survive.
The Milwaukee Brewers called up infielder Andrew Monasterio, 25, from Triple-A to the big leagues today (Aug. 28) local time to make room on the 40-man roster.
With starting shortstop Willy Adames (27) going to the seven-day disabled list (IL) with an undisclosed injury, the Brewers needed someone to fill Adames’ spot during that time, and they turned to Monasterio, who had been performing well at Triple-A. This will be Monasterio’s first big league appearance in nine years, since he turned pro in March 2014.
Monasterio’s move to the big leagues was unexpected by most. That’s because Adames’ injury was just as bizarre.
The day before, while in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants, Adames was hit in the head by a foul ball, which happened to be hit by teammate Brian Anderson. Luckily, there were no broken bones or anything, but he still needed some rest, so Milwaukee moved him to the 7-day IL.
In fact, Milwaukee’s shortstop spot was up in the air, with Bryce Turan (23), one of the team’s top prospects, and Owen Miller (26) as 메이저놀이터 backups, so Monasterio’s call-up was an open question. But Milwaukee decided to call up Monasterio, who has hit well at Triple-A this year, with a .271 batting average and .810 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), and can play second, third, and shortstop.
Monasterio, who signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs in 2014, has since bounced around with the Washington Nationals. He bounced around the Cleveland Indians and more before landing in Milwaukee last November, where he earned his first big league call-up in nine years.
“Monasterio called his mom and sister right away when he got the call, and they burst into tears,” writes Milwaukee beat writer Adam McCulvey.
To make room for Monasterio on the 40-man roster, Milwaukee designated veteran left-handed reliever Alex Claudio, 31, for assignment. Monasterio’s good fortune turned out to be Claudio’s bad.