Crosby posted a meager .188 batting average with one double and four strikeouts in 16 at-bats this spring.
The 33-year-old was a long shot to make Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster, especially after being out of the game of baseball for nearly two years with back issues. It also did not help that a thigh injury sidelined him for the beginning of Spring Training.
Crosby saw time at first base, shortstop and third base in camp. Many thought he would be a reliable candidate to play first base during the regular season after Mat Gamel went down with a season-ending knee injury. However, his chances dropped off drastically when the Brewers signed veteran Alex Gonzalez.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez has spent the entirety of his 14-year career at shortstop, but has shown great promise at first base this spring. Not to mention, he is very reliable at the plate, which means he will in all likelihood start at first until Corey Hart returns from his stint on the disabled list in May.
The unfortunate part about it is Crosby was hopeful that his opportunity in Milwaukee’s camp would lead to a spot on the 25-man roster. It is now highly unlikely that Crosby will ever reach the big leagues again.
The right-handed batter is a career .236 hitter with 62 home runs and 276 RBI in 2,559 at-bats over an eight-year span.