The Brewers have placed Kolten Wong on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain, retroactive to June 8, per the team. Right-hander Luke Barker was also optioned to Triple-A. To fill the active roster, Mark Mathias and Peter Strzelecki were recalled from Triple-A. The Brewers have been sliding, losers of seven straight coming into Saturday’s game against the Nationals.
Barker and Strzelecki are swapping places after doing the same back on June 3. The 27-year-old Strzelecki made just one appearance for the club, a two-inning outing back on June 2 in which he surrendered one earned run. He gave his roster spot to Barker the following day. Barker, 30, made three appearances for the Brew Crew, yielding five earned runs across four innings of work.
Wong has been the leadoff man for most of the year, with Christian Yelich taking over atop the lineup in the past three games while Wong has been out. Defensively Luis Urias has continued in his role as a swingman, moving to the keystone from shortstop, where he had been filling in for Willy Adames before his return from the injured list. Wong has been exactly league average with the bat (100 wRC+), slashing .228/.321/.389 in 209 plate appearances.
Mathias, 27, can step into Mike Brosseau’s role as a right-handed infield option. Jace Peterson has been seeing most of the playing time at third base, but against a lefty starter, Milwaukee is likely to turn to Mathias or Keston Hiura.