MESA, Ariz. — It wasn’t very Opening Working day at Miller Park but Mauricio Dubon was pretty psyched to see his title in the lineup Saturday afternoon when the Brewers kicked off Cactus League play from the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park.
The 24-yr-old prospect missed practically all of very last period recovering from a torn ACL and Saturday marked the first time he would play a recreation since suffering the injury very last May well.
“This feels genuinely fantastic,” Dubon claimed in advance of Milwaukee’s 8-4 decline to Chicago. “Coming off the injury, it was fantastic to set pants and cleats on.”
Dubon was slashing .343/.348/.547 and experienced extended a hitting streak to 23 game titles with a 3rd-inning single from Oklahoma Town on May well 5 of very last period. He reached once more in the seventh on a single a a single-out stroll and with Ji-Guy Choi batting, took off for second foundation ahead of acquiring caught in a rundown.
His period came to a screeching halt in a break up second, and it could not have occur at a even worse time. Just as Dubon went on the injured record, the Brewers specified having difficulties second baseman Eric Sogard for assignment and demoted slumping shortstop Orlando Arica a second time later on in the period.
“I likely missed a fantastic option,” Dubon admitted. “With how fantastic I was participating in, the timing of it was frustrating, but everything occurs for a motive.”
Even though Milwaukee turned to Nick Franklin, Tyler Saladino, Jonathan Schoop and eventually, Travis Shaw to deal with second foundation, Dubon began his comeback little by little, and by the time the Brewers wrapped up their postseason run, Dubon was down at the team’s spring coaching facility, rehabbing the knee and prepping for spring coaching.
All the whilst, he heard the experiences that Milwaukee was out seeking for an upgrade at second foundation. As winter season turned to spring and the Brewers experienced still to indication any one to a very long-time period offer, Dubon, who documented his rehab routine on Twitter and Instagram, was spending notice.
“I seen,” Dubon claimed. “That aided me keep pushing by way of rehab realizing I could help the staff earn and possibly be the person … it was commitment to keep working tricky.”
He would not be Milwaukee’s Opening Working day second baseman this season — Mike Moustakas will get the first crack at that job — and is practically a lock to open up the period at Class AAA San Antonio this period.
“They just told me, I’m coming off a large injury so just consider to choose it quick,” Dubon claimed. “Nobody helps make the Hall of Fame out of the Cactus League, but I want to get my ft underneath me — literally — and show to them I’m nutritious and that I can play. I consider to demonstrate everyone that I can do the occupation.”
And if he does the occupation perfectly sufficient, he’ll be ready to satisfy a different desire: becoming the first indigenous Honduran to play a significant league recreation.
“You can find going to be a occasion back house,” Dubon claimed. “It is really going to be pretty special.”
For the time becoming, manager Craig Counsell claimed he programs to choose a cautious technique as Dubon eases back into common motion and probably would not play back-to-back game titles to begin.
Against the Cubs Saturday, Dubon went -for-3 with a strikeout but simply fielded a groundout in his only defensive play of the day. Just becoming on the industry, nevertheless, was an accomplishment.
“He’s waited a very long time for recreation motion, for sure,” Counsell claimed. “When you skip the bulk of a period with an injury, you want to get back on the industry. Of any person, he’s likely going to enjoy the day most today. He’s got a smile on his face, and it can be excellent to see him back in motion.”