Manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that Hiura may be in store for a longer stint at Triple-A Nashville than his previous demotion this season, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old was optioned to Nashville on Monday after going 2-for-29 with 16 strikeouts for Milwaukee following his three-week stint in the minors. Hiura may not rejoin the Brewers until after the All-Star break, and it wouldn't be surprising to see some tweaks to his swing mechanics given his 39.3 percent strikeout rate.
Hiura was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.
Hiura had been out of the lineup in three of the last four games, and he'll now return to the minors. He appeared in 11 games for the Brewers after he was called back up May 24, but he hit just .069 with a double, a run, two walks and 16 strikeouts during that time. Daniel Vogelbach should continue to serve as the primary first baseman going forward.
Hiura isn't starting Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Hiura will be out of the lineup for a third straight game with right-hander Merrill Kelly starting Saturday. Daniel Vogelbach will start at first base.
Hiura is not in the starting lineup Friday against Arizona.
Despite Kolten Wong (oblique) landing on the 10-day injured list earlier Friday, Hiura will remain out of the lineup against right-hander Matt Peacock. Luis Urias will play second base and bat leadoff.
Hiura is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Hiura had started at first base in six of the Brewers' last seven games, but that was largely a byproduct of Milwaukee facing a heavy slate of left-handed starting pitchers. Even with the platoon advantage often being in his favor, Hiura hasn't been able to do much at the plate since returning from Triple-A Nashville on May 24. In his first week and a half back with the big club, Hiura has gone 1-for-23 with 13 strikeouts. He'll likely continue to fill a short-side platoon role with the lefty-hitting Daniel Vogelbach, who gets the nod at first base Thursday.
Hiura went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Tigers in 10 innings.
The Brewers had hoped that a three-week stint in the minors would help Hiura refine his swing mechanics and regain some confidence at the plate, but the 24-year-old hasn't shown any improvement since his May 24 call-up. Despite benefitting from a slew of matchups versus left-handed pitching, Hiura has mustered only one hit in 19 at-bats with a 2:10 BB:K in his first seven games back with Milwaukee. Until he cuts down on his strikeouts and shows he can hit for power consistently, Hiura may be limited to a short-side platoon role at first base behind Daniel Vogelbach.
Hiura was recalled by the Brewers on Monday.
Hiura was sent to Triple-A Nashville at the beginning of May, and he slashed .438/.526/.906 with three home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases in nine minor-league games. Hitting the ball hard has never been a problem for Hiura, but it is a bit concerning that he struck out at a 34.2 percent clip during this latest run at Triple-A. The Brewers would like him to cement himself as the primary first baseman, but Daniel Vogelbach could still see some starts against righties until Hiura rounds into form.
The Brewers plan to recall Hiura from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Monday's series opener against the Padres, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
After Hiura posted a .513 OPS while striking out in 36 percent of his plate appearances over his first 26 games of the season in the majors, the Brewers sent him to Triple-A on May 3 to regain some confidence at the dish. While the 24-year-old still turned in a bloated 34.2 percent strikeout rate with Nashville over the past three weeks, he at least rediscovered his power stroke (three home runs and six doubles in 38 plate appearances). Though he'll be moving back up to the big club, Hiura isn't a lock to recapture an everyday role at first base, where Daniel Vogelbach has delivered a respectable .784 OPS since Hiura was demoted. The righty-swinging Hiura may have to initially settle for the short side of a platoon at the position with the lefty-hitting Vogelbach until the Brewers feel more confident Hiura can handle a full-time role.
Hiura is 7-for-20 (.350) with five doubles, two RBI, a steal and a 2:8 BB:K through five games with Triple-A Nashville.
Hiura got some time to tend to personal matters after being sent down by the Brewers early this month, but he joined the team's Triple-A affiliate last week and has been playing regularly since. He is stacking up doubles and hitting far better than he did at the big-league level, but he is still striking out quite a bit, and the Brewers are likely hoping to see some improvement in that area before bringing him back to the big-league club.
Hiura was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Monday.
Hiura had lost out on regular playing time recently after he slashed .152/.247/.266 with a home run, five RBI and 32 strikeouts to begin the season. Daniel Vogelbach should see increased playing time at first base, while Billy McKinney could serve in a depth role. Hiura's removal from the major-league roster is part of a shuffle to make room for Christian Yelich (back) and Lorenzo Cain (quadriceps), who were reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday.
Hiura will sit for the fourth straight game Saturday against the Dodgers.
Hiura simply hasn't earned regular at-bats this season. His .167/.268/292 line wouldn't be close to good enough for a middle infielder, and it looks even worse now that he's primarily a first baseman. Daniel Vogelbach will make his fourth straight start at the position, though he's hitting just .184/.273/.327 himself.
Hiura will not start Friday against Los Angeles, Craig Coshun of Bally Sports Wisconsin reports
This will be the infielder's third consecutive game out of the lineup. Hiura's average, now .169, has risen slowly since a dreadful start to 2021, but he continues to cede playing time to Daniel Vogelbach at first base.
Hiura isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers.
Hiura has recorded hits in each of the last three contests, but he'll be out of the lineup for a second straight game. Daniel Vogelbach will take over at first base and bat second.
Hiura isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Hiura will get a breather after he went 2-for-11 with a triple, one run and six strikeouts in the last three games. Daniel Vogelbach will take over at first base and bat second.
Hiura went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in Saturday's victory over the Cubs.
Hiura had not recorded multiple hits in a game since April 10 and had not recorded three hits in a game since Aug. 19, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but he was able to snap both skids in Saturday's contest. While it has been a rough go of it at the plate for Hiura, the Brewers are giving him ample opportunities to get going, as he started all but three of the club's first 20 games this season.
Hiura isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Padres.
Hiura went just 1-for-11 with a walk and five strikeouts in the last three games. Daniel Vogelbach will take over at first base Wednesday, batting second.
Hiura is not in the lineup Sunday at St. Louis.
Hiura went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer -- his first of the season -- Saturday, but he'll head to the bench for the series finale. Daniel Vogelbach will start at first base and bat second Sunday for the Brewers.
Hiura went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run during Saturday's 9-5 win over the Cardinals.
The 24-year-old opened the season 0-for-19 with 10 strikeouts through the first five games of the season, but he's 3-for-9 with a home run, a double and two strikeouts across the first two games in St. Louis. Hiura may need to continue to hit well to maintain the starting job at first base following the horrid start.
Hiura went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Hiura finally recorded his first hit of the season, doubling off Adam Wainwright after starting 0-for-20. He also scored the Brewers' lone run Thursday. However, Hiura has not been seeing the ball well to start the season. He currently holds a 47.8 percent strikeout rate, which comes after a 2020 season in which he struggled with a 34.6 percent strikeout rate.
Hiura will be on the bench Tuesday against the Cubs.
Hiura's numbers took a nosedive last season following a very promising rookie campaign, and he hasn't done anything to suggest he's climbing out of his downward spiral so far this season. Through four games, he's gone 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts. Tuesday's benching doesn't seem to be anything other than a day off to clear his head, but if he continues to struggle this badly for several more games, his role could certainly be threatened. Daniel Vogelbach will start at first base in his absence.
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