Entering his 12th season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Braun is embarking on a spring training like no other during his career. “I don’t expect it to be easy by any means. I expect it to be challenging,” Braun said. After starting in left field for eight of the last 10 seasons, the 34-year-old veteran is going to discover how versatile he can be this spring. Specifically, he is going to see how he looks at first base. Braun said he ordered new first-base mitts but would have to locate another essential piece of equipment. “I don’t know if this is R-rated, but in the outfield, not too many guys wear a (protective) cup,” he said. ‘So, I haven’t worn a cup in over 10 years. I’ll have to get one of those before I get super comfortable taking ground balls again.” Manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday he does not expect Braun to see time this season in right field, a position he played in 2014 and '15 to allow weak-armed slugger Khris Davis to play left (Davis then was traded to Oakland). Counsell also said he expected newcomer Christian Yelich, who won a Gold Glove in left field with Miami in 2016, to "primarily" play that position during the season. Counsell said Yelich also would see action during exhibition season in right field, a position he has not played in the majors. The team's other big outfield acquisition, Lorenzo Cain, will be the No. 1 centerfielder, leaving incumbent rightfielder Domingo Santana to split playing time with Braun and Yelich in the corners.
Left field: Ryan Braun will see if versatility can help ease Brewers' outfield logjam
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 21