Brewers send Keston Hiura down to Triple-A, call up reliever Luis Perdomo

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MILWAUKEE — Despite showing some improvements with the bat early in the 2022 season, Keston Hiura is finding himself headed back to Triple-A after being optioned by the Brewers on Friday.

Hiura hit a home run in the Brewers’ series-sweep-clinching win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon and showed a better eye at the plate through his first 15 games, cutting down the number of pitches he swung at outside of the strike zone — from 30.3 percent last year to 25.3 percent this year — but still striking out in 47.6 percent of his plate appearances so far.

The emergence of Rowdy Tellez, who set a new franchise record for RBI in a single game this week, meant Hiura’s playing time at first base was also likely to decrease — even when the Brewers face left-handed pitching, as the lefty-swinging Tellez has shown an ability to do well against them.

Despite a batting line that includes a .216 batting average and a .310 on-base percentage, Hiura’s offensive contributions were still roughly league-average as offense has been down across baseball to start the 2022 season.

Perdomo gives the Brewers another fresh arm in the bullpen ahead of a new series that starts Friday night in Atlanta. He has appeared in nine games for Triple-A Nashville so far this year, striking out 13 batters and only walking 2 in 12 innings.