Mornings have pretty much been the same this off-season for Khris Davis -- grab some breakfast, flip on MLB Network and head to the Milwaukee Brewers' facility in Maryvale to rehab his left hamstring.

He received quite a surprise on Thursday, however, when he saw the news that Norichika Aoki had been traded to the Kansas City Royals and Ryan Braun would shift from left field to right.

"I was just shocked, really," Davis said in a phone interview Friday from his home in suburban Phoenix.

"They just put a big smile on my face. Like, I have one on right now. It’s amazing, and I want to just want to keep amazing myself. I just want to help my teammates."

Moving Braun to right, in turn, opens left field for the soon-to-be 26-year-old Davis, who forced himself into the Brewers' long-term plans with a big second half last season after Braun had been suspended 65 games for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

All told, Davis hit .279 with 11 home runs and 27 runs batted in while slugging .596 and posting an OPS of .949. He made the Brewers' 25-man roster on opening day initially with a similar power surge in spring training, but was sent down to Class AAA Nashville after a month when he struggled with sporadic playing time.

Caleb Gindl and Logan Schafer remain in the picture, but neither has the power that Davis does, which makes him a legitimate middle-of-the-lineup option for manager Ron Roenicke. Davis homered once every 12.1 at-bats in 2013, second-best in the major leagues behind Baltimore slugger Chris Davis (one every 11.0 at-bats).

And while most everyone else considers Davis the everyday leftfielder moving forward, he isn't taking anything for granted.

"Spring training is going to be a real competitive atmosphere," he said. "(The starting job) is not mine. I definitely want to earn it.

"It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m really excited that I get to compete for a job. It’s nice to know that they have options with me. I do think I can help the team win, and if they’re that serious about me helping them, it’s an unbelievable feeling.

"I think going in and competing for a job is what I want to do. It’s an amazing feeling that they like me like that, you know?"

Davis just recently completed his rehab for his left-hamstring strain, which he suffered along with a right quadriceps strain on the same freakish play in Milwaukee's season-ending series against the New York Mets in late September.