Keon Broxton was called back up as Domingo Santana was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a sore shoulder. Craig Counsell said that he expects that resting for two weeks will be all that Santana needs to get back into the lineup.
Broxton made the Opening Day roster but was sent down to AAA Colorado Springs on April 17 after going 0 for 16 with 11 strikeouts. The Brewers sent him down to find his swing and his confidence, and did he ever.
Broxton is hitting .301 with 7 home runs, 18 RBI, 15 walks, 21 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 25 games. That is the hitter that the Brewers were expecting to see when he made the Opening Day start in center field. The Brewers tried to let Broxton ride in out in Milwaukee, but the slump was getting to him.
Broxton Gets His Mojo Back
The trip down to Colorado Springs was just what the doctor ordered. Broxton hit his first home run with the Sky Sox on April 24 and things went up from there. Just last week, Broxton hit 2 solo home runs for a team-high 7 on the season.
Broxton’s defense was never in question. He reads the ball off the bat well and his speed allows him to take away extra base hits to the gaps. That speed is also evident on the base paths, where Broxton had 2 stolen bases even though he was hitless with the Brewers.
Broxton got the start in center field in his first day back in the big leagues. He struck out in his first at bat and flew out to right in his second. Ramon Flores came in to hit for Broxton in the eighth, so Broxton was still wearing the donut. It’s hard to judge this game, though, as the Brewers only had 3 hits all game and only 1 after the first inning.
He did handle himself well in center field, though his range was not really tested. He got into the action just two pitches into the game, easily making the play on a line drive by Curtis Granderson for the first out.
The Brewers really hope that Broxton can get his swing going so he can provide some production at the top of the lineup with Jonathan Villar.