It only took one game into the 2023 MLB season for the Milwaukee Brewers to call up one of their top prospects. Luis Urias’ injury has prompted the Brewers to promote outfielder Joey Wiemer to Milwaukee’s major-league roster.
Starting third baseman Luis Urias suffered a hamstring injury in the Brewers’ 4-0 Opening Day loss against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Brian Anderson will replace Urias at third base in the starting lineup. Wiemer will replace Urias on the roster until he’s ready to come off the injured list.
The Brewers selected Wiemer in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Draft. Before being called up, Wiemer was listed as the No. 3 prospect in Milwaukee’s minor-league system and the No. 90 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
Wiemer nearly made the Brewers’ Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old had been set to start the season in Nashville with Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate. Instead, he will play right field for the Brewers.
Wiemer played 127 games between Double-A and Triple-A in the 2022 season. The outfielder hit .256/.336/465 with 21 home runs and 31 stolen bases. The Brewers’ prospect also had 14 outfield assists last year.
In 42 spring-training at-bats, Wiemer hit .262/.319/.429 with two home runs and three stolen bases.
Urias went 0-4 against the Cubs in the season opener. Milwaukee’s starting third baseman hit .239/.335/.404 with 16 home runs in 119 games last season.
The Brewers are back in Chicago on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. ET for the second game of a three-game series with the Cubs. Milwaukee will play its home opener on Monday against the New York Mets.
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