According to Bernie’s Crew, catcher Johnathan Lucroy will be returning to the big leagues. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Brewers have designated little-used reserve outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment.
Most importantly, this means that actual live human being George Kottaras is still on the team, somebody who, unlike the corpse of Wil Nieves, is actually capable of hitting major league pitching. Kottaras clearly isn’t the best fielding catcher, but given that the difference between the worst regular catcher (Mike Piazza) and the best regular catcher (Ivan Rodriguez) only differ by about 20 runs per season, the hitting difference between Kottaras and Nieves (a career sub-.300 OBP AND SLG player) has to outweigh the fielding difference.
Of course, I highly doubt that Kottaras will survive the return of Corey Hart to the 25-man roster, but given his heroic stop of Marlon Byrd’s steal attempt in the 9th inning yesterday and his increased playing time this last week and his solid left handed bat, he has a shot. And he should stay over Nieves, there is no question in my mind at all.