Scooter Gennett mustered a career-high 14 home runs in 2016, but his overall batting line remained mediocre at .263/.317/.412. On the bright side, he managed a respectable .260/.333/.375 line against the southpaws he has struggled with so much in his career, but that improvement was mitigated by a career-high 21 percent strikeout rate. While Gennett is good enough to be a useful situational player, he is not a good enough player to be a primary second baseman at the major league level. It's looking like he'll get phased out in 2017 due to the presences of Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw, which will leave Jonathan Villar to get the bulk of the second base at-bats in Milwaukee.
Gennett is slated to start in right field in Wednesday's Cactus League game, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. With Jonathan Villar taking over at second base, Gennett will need to adjust to the outfield if he is to protect his spot on the Brewers' roster. Manager Craig Counsell had hinted at shifting the 26-year-old to a utility role and it appears that time has come. Gennett is off to a hot start this spring (6-for-12, two RBI), but he'll need to keep producing to secure a roster spot.
Gennett (wrist) will not return to action until Sunday or Monday, according to manager Craig Counsell, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. He had previously stated optimism about returning sooner, but the skipper shut that down in subsequent reporting as the club continues to manage his sore right wrist carefully. Gennett is looking for at-bats at numerous positions, but his quest to lock down a utility roster spot will have to wait a bit.
Gennett is still being held out of spring games due to wrist soreness, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The second baseman initially stated that the ailment was not much of a concern, although this development seems to state otherwise. That being said, the Brewers might just be taking the cautious approach with Gennett given the extra week of spring training this season, so his status moving forward should become clearer in the next few days as he gets back into the swing of things.
Gennett (wrist) said he's aiming to play in a split-squad game Friday or Saturday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. His bruised right wrist has delayed him a bit longer than expected, though with proper rest and no further setbacks, Gennett should be ready for Opening Day. Though he's not in line to start, barring an injury, the vet should gather about two starts per week as a replacement infielder and possibly in the outfield.
Gennett was scratched from the Brewers' lineup for Sunday's Cactus League game against the Rockies with a bruised right wrist, Tom Haudicourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The 26-year-old labeled his injury as "nothing at all," so it appears he was only pulled for precautionary purposes and won't be at risk of missing much further Cactus League action. Gennett was initially slated to bat leadoff Sunday and man left field, a position he's learning this spring in an effort to increase his versatility. A second baseman by trade, Gennett will open the season in a backup role at that position with Jonathan Villar slated for a full-time role at the keystone following his breakout 2016 season.