Beer was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sunday. Beer has a .210/.301/.284 slash line this season and is 2-for-42 over his past 14 games, resulting in his demotion. The 25-year-old could rejoin the big-league club later in the year, but for now he'll attempt to right the ship with Reno. Sean Poppen (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move.
Beer isn't starting Saturday against the Cubs. Beer drew starts in the last two matchups and went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts. Daulton Varsho will serve as the designated hitter while Jose Herrera starts behind the plate Saturday.
Beer went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Marlins. Beer's seventh-inning single must have felt good, as it snapped an 0-for-37 skid. He was Arizona's best hitter the first two weeks of the season, but as the rest of the team started to hit, Beer went the other way.
Beer is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins. The lefty-hitting Beer typically finds himself on the bench against southpaws, so his absence from the lineup comes as little surprise with lefty Jesus Luzardo on the bump for Miami. Beer may soon lose out on work against right-handers, too; in 68 plate appearances versus righties this season, Beer is slashing .175/.294/.246, good for a 61 wRC+ mark.
Beer is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rockies. The lefty-hitting Beer, mired in an 0-for-32 stretch, will sit for the second consecutive game Sunday, this time with a right-hander in German Marquez pitching for Colorado. Cooper Hummel will bat leadoff as the designated hitter in the series finale.