Arcia is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Arcia sits for just the second time this season. Eric Sogard slides over to shortstop, opening up third base for Brock Holt.
Arcia is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. Arcia will take a seat for the first time all season as Eric Sogard gets the start at shortstop in his stead Wednesday. The 25-year-old is 5-for-14 with a double and three RBI through five games this season.
Arcia went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. Arcia's two-run double was just inches away from being a grand slam, but it was his first extra-base hit of the season all the same. It was expected that Arcia would have to fend off Luis Urias (illness) to retain the starting shortstop job this season, but Urias has had to deal with a number of setbacks -- wrist surgery and a positive COVID-19 test -- over the last few months, so Arcia has been the Brewers' everyday shortstop out of the gate. He has handled the role just fine thus far, going 5-for-14 (.357) and not making the errors in the field that landed him in the doghouse a year ago.
Arcia hit his fifth home run of the spring in Sunday's split squad game against the Angels. Arcia homered in his second exhibition game appearance and has not slowed down, adding four more long balls to his tally. Despite the spring power surge, it is still tough to expect much from him offensively given his struggles at the plate for the larger part of his career, and, in particular, the .199 batting average he posted after the All-Star break last season. Still, Arcia knows he will be pushed for playing time this season by both Luis Urias (wrist) and Brock Holt, and he is responding thus far.
Arcia went 2-for-2 and hit a three-run home run in Thursday's spring game against the Royals. Arcia is off to a fast start this spring, going 4-for-10 with two home runs and seven RBI over four games -- a good sign for a player who had the worst wRC+ among qualified hitters a season ago. The Brewers brought in Luis Urias to either compete with or supplant Arcia, but Urias is working his way back from wrist surgery, so Arcia will get ample opportunities to hone his hitting skills during the exhibition season.
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