This is the time of year in the baseball season when you don’t hear about many call ups from the minors, but you hear about plenty of underperforming major leaguers getting sent down or designated for assignment. This is the case for utility man Jeff Bianchi, as his major league career with the Milwaukee Brewers seems to be in doubt.
The Brewers have outrighted utility infielder Jeff Bianchi to Triple-A-Nashville. It’s unclear as to whether Bianchi will accept his assignment, or elect free agency. The news was first reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
#Brewers have sent INF Jeff Bianchi outright to AAA Nashville. Has right to decline assignment. Said he will talk to agent about it.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 24, 2014
Bianchi spoke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after being sent down to the minors;
“I understand it. I was here and didn’t get the job done, I’ll go down and get things right and hopefully get back soon.” Bianchi then said he wasn’t sure he’d take the assignment, though he said the Brewers told him they wanted to keep him in the organization. “I’ll see what my options are,” he said. “The coaching staff expressed that they really like me and they want me to get my swing right, everything right down there. This could be a good thing. It’s always good to hear they like what you did, how you play the game. This is where I came up for the first time. I love the organization. I hope to be back.”
Bianchi had been struggling this season. Despite being given an opportunity to play everyday after an injury to Aramis Ramirez, he was batting a mere .145 with a .145 slugging percentage. Bianchi had no doubles, triples or home runs and had only knocked in four runs. Whilst Bianchi did play in 100 games last season for the Brewers, he never really played too well, batting a disappointing .237 with only 25 runs batted in.
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