The Padres acquired Grisham from the Brewers on Wednesday along with pitcher Zach Davies in exchange for infielder Luis Urias and pitcher Eric Lauer, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. After a few rough seasons in the minors, Grisham, a 2015 first-round pick, improved his stock by cutting down his strikeout rate while slugging 26 home runs and stealing 12 bases between Triple-A San Antonio and Double-A Biloxi. The huge numbers earned him a callup to Milwaukee in August, with the 23-year-old slashing .231/.328/.410 across 183 plate appearances. With Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain and a healthy Christian Yelich likely in line to form Milwaukee's Opening Day outfield in 2020, the Brewers decided to cash out Grisham, who should get the opportunity to play regularly right away for San Diego.
Grisham is not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day. Grisham has struggled at the plate this week, so manager Craig Counsell has given him a bit of a mental break, holding him out of the lineup in back-to-back games. With Grisham out Friday, Lorenzo Cain will man center field and Hernan Perez will get the nod in right.
Grisham is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres. He went 5-for-6 back on Sept. 9 but is 5-for-29 (.172) with 12 strikeouts in nine games since then. Hernan Perez is starting in right field and batting sixth.
Grisham is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins. Grisham has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats over the last three games, including one home run, one triple and two doubles. While he is expected to be the primary replacement for Christian Yelich over the rest of the season, Ben Gamel draws the start in right field in this one.
Manager Craig Counsell, via FOX Sports Wisconsin, said following Tuesday's game that Grisham "will take a more prominent role" the rest of the way with Christian Yelich (kneecap) out for the season. Grisham has served as the Brewers' fourth outfielder since making his big-league debut Aug. 1, but he will now likely become a regular in the starting lineup with Yelich unavailable. Counsell did mention that fellow outfielder Ben Gamel will assume a bigger role as well, but he figures to step into Grisham's previous role, spelling Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain when the veterans need a rest. Grisham struggled a bit over the back half of August, but he has gotten hot again in September, posting a .919 OPS over nine games -- thanks mainly to a five-hit effort Monday.