Santana is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Santana has not started a game for the Brewers in over three months, but he will get a chance to do so Wednesday with fellow outfielders Lorenzo Cain (side) and Ryan Braun (back) banged up. While Santana has not started in a while, he has been seeing the ball well of late, recording five hits -- including two home runs and two doubles -- in plate pinch-hit at-bats over the last eight games.
Santana notched a pinch-hit single in Monday's victory over the Cubs. Santana has not started a game since being called back up to the majors Sept. 1, but he has turned into one of manager Craig Counsell's preferred bats off the bench, as Monday's game was the eighth straight in which Santana received an opportunity to pinch hit.
Santana is heading back to the Brewers on Saturday, Robert Murray of The Athletic Wisconsin reports. Santana's playing time deservedly dwindled earlier in the season as he hit just .249/.313/.354 in 62 games, leading to him being sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs in late June. He'll return as part of a batch of September callups after hitting a solid .283/.401/.487 at the Triple-A level, though the Brewers' outfield remains crowded, so he's likely limited to a bench role.
Santana is hitting .288/.417/.559 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 17 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs in August. Santana is producing in all three slash categories this month, but he is still having some issues with contact, as evidenced by his 24 punchouts in August. Expect him to rejoin the Brewers on September 1, or shortly thereafter, and see part-time work in the outfield.
Santana went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, two walks and three runs scored against Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. This marked the first time Santana swatted a home run since he was optioned to Colorado Springs on June 23. The outfielder has been battling decreased power throughout the course of the 2018 campaign, which is one of the main reasons he lost his spot on the Brewers' roster. Across 62 games with Milwaukee this year, he is batting just .249/.313/.354 after posting an .876 OPS last season. With Ryan Braun (back) expected to come off the 10-day disabled list in the near future, it remains a challenge to see how Santana will return to an everyday spot in the big leagues even if he finds a groove at the Triple-A level.
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