Shaw's strained right wrist occurred on a swing in Monday's game against the Phillies, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The report would seem to rule out the wrist strain as an explanation for Shaw's poor start to the season at the plate, as it apparently wasn't an issue that had been nagging him throughout the season. It's not yet clear when he's expected to get back on the field.
Shaw was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right wrist strain. The wrist issue perhaps explains Shaw's .163/.266/.281 line through the first 40 games of the season. It's unclear whether Shaw is expected to miss more than the minimum 10 days on the injured list. Highly rated prospect Keston Hiura was called up to take his place on the roster. If Hiura lives up to expectations right away, Shaw's opportunities could be limited when he returns to action, as Hiura is expected to play second base on a regular basis, pushing Mike Moustakas to third.
The Brewers are expected to place Shaw on the 10-day injured list Tuesday or option him to Triple-A San Antonio, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Rosenthal notes that Shaw is tending to a hand/wrist issue, though there had been no prior reports indicating that the 29-year-old was nursing any sort of injury. Whatever the case may be, Shaw is set to surrender his spot on the 25-man roster to top prospect Keston Hiura, who will be called up from Triple-A and presumably step in as the team's everyday second baseman. Hiura's arrival will push Mike Moustakas to his more natural position at third, leaving no room for the struggling Shaw to receive regular at-bats. Shaw is batting just .163 with a career-worst 32.5 percent strikeout rate across 154 plate appearances this season.
Shaw is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies. Shaw did not start the last three games with southpaws starting all three and the Brewers trying to shake Shaw out of his season-long slump, but he will be back in there Monday against Aaron Nola and co. Shaw will man the hot corner and hit sixth in the Brewers' batting order.
Shaw is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs. As anticipated, Shaw will remain on the bench for the third straight game with the Cubs bringing another lefty (Jon Lester) to the hill. Mike Moustakas will shift over from second base to cover Shaw's usual spot at third while Hernan Perez mans the keystone.