Bandy was optioned Sunday to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Bandy's lack of offensive production likely served as the impetus for the demotion, with a .135 batting average since May 13 (84 plate appearances). The Brewers claimed Stephen Vogt off waivers Sunday to shore up their catching depth.
Bandy is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates. Fellow catcher Manny Pina is getting the nod behind the plate Monday, and with that start, he and Bandy will both have started 36 of the Brewers' 72 games this year. However, Pina has had far more success with the bat of late -- Bandy is just 1-for-31 (.032) this month -- so Monday's game will also mark Pina's fifth start in a seven-game stretch. The two players will continue to share the starts behind the plate, but Pina figures to have the upper hand in the timeshare until Bandy's able to snap out of his slump.
Bandy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers. Following a hot start to the season, Bandy has cooled off during the past two weeks, batting just 3-for-25 (.120). Bandy's struggles have opened up more starts at catcher for Manny Pina, who will enter the lineup for the fifth time in nine games Sunday. Expect manager Craig Counsell to deploy a timeshare at catcher until either competitor separates himself from the other.
Bandy went 1-for-3 with a three-RBI double in Saturday's 6-1 win over Arizona. With the bases loaded and two outs, Bandy knocked in three runs with a double off the wall off Zack Greinke to break a scoreless tie. Bandy continues to be a pleasant surprise and a good source of power from the catcher position. His 18 RBI ranks ninth in the majors, while his .520 slugging percentage trails only Buster Posey among catchers with at least 100 at-bats.
Bandy went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead single to propel the Brewers to a 3-1 victory against the Padres on Wednesday. He waited until the last inning to collect his first hit of the series, but it was a big one, as it plated Travis Shaw in the top of the ninth inning to put Milwaukee ahead for good. Despite playing in a timeshare with Manny Pina, Bandy has been a solid contributor for the Brewers this season, producing a .275 batting average, five home runs and 12 RBI thus far.