Brewers Get Exciting News With Latest Omar Narváez Injury Update
The Milwaukee Brewers are running out of time to grab one of the National League's playoff spots. They're one game back of the final wild card position while also sitting three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead, needing all the help they can get down the stretch.
Fortunately, reinforcements are on the way in the form of catcher Omar Narváez. Brewers insider Adam McCalvy reports that the club plans to activate the backstop from the injured list ahead of Saturday's meeting with the Chicago Cubs.
Omar Narváez Injury Update
Narváez injured his quad in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of the month, resulting in a 10-day IL strain. Fortunately, it only took a pair of rehab starts to get back on track. He told reporters on Friday that he wanted to be "100% sure" that he can help the Brewers before returning.
The Brewers have played sub-.500 baseball since Narváez's last game, going 6-7 since his injury. Víctor Caratini has been filling in as his replacement but hasn't played well. The 29-year-old has made 11 starts this month, recording only five hits, seven strikeouts and a .152 batting average.
An All-Star in 2021, Narváez experienced a down year before getting hurt. His four HRs and 18 RBIs put him on pace for lower totals compared to last year, while his .237/.324/.363 slash line is worse than his career average of .263/.348/.395.
Nevertheless, Narváez's defense behind home plate is what the Brewers value above all else. He has a .992 fielding percentage on the year and is still more than solid at pitch framing. Hopefully, his return yields better results for the Brew Crew going forward.
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