Middlebrooks is in the lineup, playing third base and batting sixth, against St. Louis on Saturday. Middlebrooks' contract was selected on July 3 to provide infield depth with the departure of Aaron Hill to the Red Sox. Middlebrooks, who's 1-for-5 with two strikeouts so far for the Brewers, is in line to serve in a two-man platoon role with Hernan Perez going forward.
Middlebrooks' contract was selected by the Brewers on Sunday. Middlebrooks will add some depth around the Milwaukee infield as the Brewers head to Washington to open a road series with the Nationals on Monday. The former Red Sox and Padres third baseman has spent this entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he has put together a respectable .282/.308/.508 slash line over 264 at-bats. He has not hit above .220 at the major league level since 2013.
Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with Triple-A Colorado Springs due to an oblique strain, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Middlebrooks was removed from Monday's game against Nashville in the third inning, and it seems that this oblique injury was the cause of that. He hadn't been swinging the bat very well with the Sky Sox, holding a .154 batting average when he left the game, and this development will only hinder his chances of getting called up to the big leagues any time soon.
Middlebrooks has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. He looked like a long shot to make the big league roster after the team acquired Aaron Hill from Arizona in the Jean Segura trade. Middlebrooks didn't do anything this spring to improve his chances, getting on base at just a .195 clip in 41 at-bats. If he can get hot at Triple-A, it's possible that the Brewers will give him a chance against big league pitching, but it's also possible that he spends the entire season in the Pacific Coast League.
Middlebrooks was told by the Brewers on Sunday that he won't make the team's Opening Day roster, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. As a non-roster invitee to spring training, Middlebrooks will have to decide if he wants to remain with the organization and report to Triple-A Colorado Springs or pursue an opportunity with a different club. After Middlebrooks batted a paltry .212/.241/.361 in 270 plate appearances with the Padres last season, it's difficult to imagine that many teams are clamoring for his services.