PITTSBURGH -- Brewers rookie center fielder Keon Broxton, who is still looking for his first Major League hit after 18 at-bats, was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. The 25-year-old went 0-for-16 with 11 strikeouts and two stolen bases in six games.
Broxton, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in an offseason trade after making his Major League debut with the Pirates last September and going 0-for-2 in seven games, probably saw the move coming.
"I'm battling myself," Broxton said. "I don't really feel outmatched by any pitcher on the mound. I'm just trying to cover too much of the plate and trying to chase that hit."
Broxton will have some time to regroup in the Minor Leagues.
"Every player has bumps in the road, has adversity," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Every player has to earn it; it's no different, and those hurdles come up for everybody all throughout your career. This is just another one for Keon. It's a time when Keon's facing one. It's a test certainly ... and part of your job is to keep passing those tests and keep answering those tests."
Carter showcasing pop
First baseman Chris Carter entered Sunday's finale with seven of his nine hits this season having gone for extra bases (four doubles, three home runs). Carter's 93 homers since 2013 ranked eighth in the Majors entering Sunday.
"I've just been trying to get better pitches up in the zone to hit and use all parts of the field," Carter said.
"I think what Chris is doing really well is what a lot of our hitters are doing well," Counsell said. "His discipline right now, his ball/strike recognition is really good and he's putting himself in very good counts often in his at-bats, where he can sit on a pitch and he can get in a fastball count. That's what he's doing, and when he's getting in a fastball count he's putting good swings on the ball."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.