Saladino was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Saladino struggled mightily during his most recent stint with the Brewers, slashing .127/.203/.222 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 26 games. Prospect Trent Grisham was summoned from the minors and will take Saladino's spot on the active roster.
Saladino hit a grand slam Monday for the second day in a row. He also added a walk and a stolen base in the Brewers' loss to the Reds. Saladino's second grand slam in as many days gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning, but they were unable to hold the lead in the ninth, and ultimately fell to the Reds. Saladino tallied just four hits over his first 43 at-bats with the Brewers this season, but he's now tallied three base knocks over his last four games, including the two big flies. Saladino has started 13 times in 21 games since being recalled June 28, and his showing the last couple days could help him continue playing semi-frequently.
Saladino went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a walk in Sunday's victory over Arizona. With the Brewers behind 4-0 in the fourth inning, Saladino stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and cranked a 400-foot homer to left field to tie the score. The blast was his first extra-base hit of the season and marked the first grand slam of his career. The big hit also produced the first four runs batted in this season for the 30-year-old. Despite the productive afternoon, his slash line still sits at an underwhelming .115/.148/.173 through 52 at-bats.
Saladino will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates. He'll crack the lineup for the fourth time in five games, this time seeing action in the infield after making his previous two starts in left field. Manager Craig Counsell suggested last week that Saladino and Orlando Arcia would operate in a timeshare at shortstop going forward, so Saladino could continue to receive at least semi-regular at-bats in the second half even if Arcia has fully recovered from the left shoulder injury he suffered in Saturday's loss to the Pirates. Arcia is out of the lineup for the Brewers' final game before the All-Star break but could be available off the bench, per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Saladino, who is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth Friday against the Pirates, will share duties with Orlando Arcia going forward, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I think at least for a while here we're going to share some time at shortstop," Counsell said. "Sally's going to play quite a bit of shortstop." Arcia is younger and the flashier defender, but he hasn't provided much with the bat, especially in the month of June (.190 AVG, four walks in 84 at-bats). Saladino hit .288/.375/.568 with 14 home runs and six steals in 264 plate appearances at Triple-A prior to his promotion.