Pina, who was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, returned to Milwaukee to undergo further evaluation on his strained right hamstring, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers don't fear that the injury Pina suffered Wednesday is especially serious, but he'll be sent in for an examination with the hope it confirms that he's merely dealing with a low-grade strain. In the meantime, Milwaukee called up Jacob Nottingham from Triple-A San Antonio to serve as the understudy to top catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Pina exited Wednesday's game at Philadelphia with right hamstring discomfort, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Pina was replaced in the field for the bottom of the fourth inning, but it remains unclear how he sustained the injury. The 32-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more is known on the injury. Yasmani Grandal has taken over behind the plate for Milwaukee.
Pina went 1-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Nationals. Pina tied a career high with nine home runs last year, but he has had far fewer opportunities to knock the ball out of the park this season while serving as the backup catcher behind Yasmani Grandal. Pina will continue starting every few days when Grandal needs a break, but expect Grandal to see the bulk of the work behind the plate like he has up to this point.
Pina will catch and bat seventh Tuesday against the Cardinals. Skipper Craig Counsell has decided to insert both of his catchers into the starting lineup for the second matchup of the mid-week series, giving Yasmani Grandal the nod at first base. Pina is hitting .222 with an RBI and three walks over 10 games this season.
Pina will start behind the plate and bat sixth against the Cubs on Sunday. Pina enters the starting nine for the third time this season as Yasmani Grandal takes a seat for the day game. Pina is 1-for-6 with one run, one RBI and two walks in eight plate appearances this season.