Brewers activate Hunter Renfroe from injured list

Hunter Renfroe Brewers

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers’ struggling offense is set to get a key contributor back in the lineup when they begin a new series with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night.

The Brewers announced Tuesday afternoon that outfielder Hunter Renfroe is being activated off the injured list after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Relief pitcher Trevor Gott was placed on the injured list to make room on the roster for Renfroe.

Renfroe was one of the team’s top offensive performers when he got hurt on May 23, hitting .266 with a .303 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage in 39 games. He trails only Rowdy Tellez for the team lead in home runs, hitting 9 to Tellez’s 10. His on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) of .807 is also the highest on the team.

Renfroe’s injury left the Brewers short-handed at a time when they had to play 18 games in 17 days without a day off, and compromised their plans to cut the playing time of struggling veteran Lorenzo Cain, as Cain told last week.

The Brewers are still missing other key contributors to the lineup, even as Renfroe returns. Shortstop Willy Adames has been on the injured list since hurting his ankle on May 15, while catcher Omar Narvaez remains out after testing positive for COVID-19. Infielder Luis Urias also remains day-to-day and was not listed in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game.