Sogard is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. Sogard turned in a pair of four-hit performances and reached base at a .583 clip while starting in the infield the last five games. Despite the hot streak, he won't have a path to an everyday role with all four of the Brewers regular infielders at full strength and Ryan Braun returning from the disabled list. Manager Craig Counsell figures to find a few starts a week for Sogard while his bat is scorching, but once Sogard cools down, his playing time may dry up.
Sogard will lead off for the third straight day Friday, playing left field against the Cubs, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The hot-hitting recent call-up will keep his important lineup role, this time logging his first professional reps in left field for the sidelined Ryan Braun (calf). Sogard may keep a place in the lineup for as long as Braun is out, though it's a safe bet to say he'll slow down a bit in the near future. Either way, it's hard to ignore his absurd 10-for-17 start to the season, with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.
Sogard went 4-for-4 with a double, walk and three RBI in Thursday's win over San Diego. The 30-year-old infielder continues to swing a hot bat, now boasting a ridiculous .588/.682/1.118 slash line through 22 plate appearances. He should continue to receive opportunities to produce, especially if manager Craig Counsell opts to keep him in the leadoff spot in the order. Continue to monitor Sogard's start, and give him a look if you're in need of infield help in NL-only leagues.
Sogard went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres. The veteran utilityman has been on a tear since his callup last week, going 6-for-10 with two homers, the aforementioned pair of doubles and a stolen base in four games. Sogard is just a .239/.297/.318 career hitter at the major-league level (1340 plate appearances), but he may continue to see starts around the infield while his bat is hot.
The Brewers selected Sogard's contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. Sogard will serve as depth while Ryan Braun (calf) is on the 10-day disabled list. Preferring the 30-year-old utility infielder, Milwaukee didn't call up any of its top outfield prospects, including the exciting Lewis Brinson. Hernan Perez, Nick Franklin and Eric Thames will combine to fill in for Braun in left field. This especially helps Perez -- who should be picked up in most mixed leagues if only for increased opportunities to showcase his speed on the bases -- and could lead to more work for Jesus Aguilar at first base.
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