Perez will start at second base and bat sixth Sunday against the Pirates. Perez is in the lineup for the third straight game, with each of the utility man's starts coming at a different position. He'll fill in at second base in the series finale for Jonathan Villar, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right thumb injury he suffered while running the bases Saturday. The severity of Villar's setback isn't known, but Perez and Brad Miller will likely be in store for more playing time at the keystone regardless of the length of Villar's absence.
Perez went 1-for-3 with two walks and a three-run home run Sunday against the Braves. Perez drew the start in right field with Ryan Braun (back) hitting the disabled list and a southpaw on the mound, pushing Eric Thames to the bench. He took advantage by hitting his sixth home run of the season and second in three days. Consistent playing time will still be elusive for Perez, but he has produced when in the lineup with seven stolen bases accompanying his six home runs in 182 at-bats this season.
Perez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, a walk and a run Saturday against the Braves. Perez has been limited to mostly pinch-hitting duties, but he's produced when called upon to enter the starting lineup. He now has seven stolen bases on eight attempts to go along with five home runs in 179 at-bats this season. He'll need injuries to affect the Brewers lineup in order to gain regular playing time, but he could be an effective fill-in option if needed.
Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-2 win over Atlanta. Perez fell just a double short of the cycle in his first multi-hit outing since June 17. The 27-year-old is still slashing just .250/.273/.392 with five homers in 176 at-bats on the year. Barring an injury somewhere in the lineup, Perez likely won't earn consistent playing time any time soon, and even then, he'd likely be used in a platoon with most of his starts coming against left-handed pitching.
Perez will draw the start at shortstop and bat seventh in the order Sunday against the Phillies. Perez has started at second base, third base and all three outfield positions this season, but Sunday will mark his first nod of the year at shortstop. The Brewers simply haven't been able to get much offense from the position this year, so manager Craig Counsell will look to turn things around by inserting Perez, who is slashing .266/.286/.398 on the year.