The Milwaukee Brewers looked to improve their outfield depth Friday morning, recalling outfielder Logan Schafer from Triple-A Nashville.
The Brewers optioned utility man Elian Herrera to Nashville to make room on the 25-man active roster for Schafer.
With left fielder Khris Davis out with a strained left shoulder, Herrera started Wednesday’s game in Toronto and misplayed one ball into a double and nearly turned a Jose Reyes liner into a walk-off inside-the-park home run.
Only a fortuitous bounce saved Herrera from being the goat in Wednesday’s loss (Brandon Kintzler wound up with that honor after hanging a slider to Edwin Encarnacion that may actually return to near-Earth orbit some time Monday).
Herrera—in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth—opted to dive for Reyes’ sinking liner rather than simply playing it on the hop for a single.
The ball clanged off Herrera’s glove, fortunately right toward center fielder Carlos Gomez, who was backing up the play and held Reyes to a double.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday morning that Davis may be out for longer than expected, which factored into the decision to bring back a natural outfielder in Schafer.
Herrera has hit .235/.241/.284 in 37 games and 84 plate appearances with Milwaukee, spending three separate stints with the Brewers. He has five runs, four doubles and two RBI, but has struck out a whopping 24 times.
Schafer was batting .235/.346/.368 in 18 games and 81 plate appearances in Nashville, with 10 runs, five doubles, two triples, six RBI and 12 Ks.
In two previous stays in Milwaukee this season, Schafer is hitting .190/.281/.291 in 37 games and 92 plate appearances, with seven runs, eight doubles, six RBI and 18 whiffs.