The Milwaukee Brewers have moved center fielder Lorenzo Cain to the disabled list, retroactive to June 24th, and recalled center fielder Keon Broxton from AAA Colorado Springs to take his place on the twenty five man roster.
Since signing a five year, $80MM deal in the off season, LoCain has been a leading force in the Brewers amassing the best record to date in the National League (45-32). He has slashed .291/.394/.438, with an OPS of .832. He has stolen sixteen bases in nineteen attempts and has patrolled center like a gold glove outfielder. Mostly batting lead-off, it would be easy to argue that he is the most valuable offensive player on the roster so far in 2018 (although Jesus Aguilar might disagree). LoCain has been battling leg issues for the past week, leaving two games with calf and groin strains.
After spending 143 games last season with the Brewers, and seven with AAA Colorado Springs, Keon will be making his season debut for the major league club. Last year he slashed .220/.299/.420 while with the Brewers, with 21 steals in 28 attempts. He also struck out 175 times. For his career, he has struck out 264 times in 709 plate appearances.
For the Springs this season, Broxton has slashed .263/.336/.431, OPS .767, with nine home runs. He has 24 stolen bases.
As of this writing, Keon will be on the bench tonight as the Brewers open up a quick two game set with the Kansas City Royals.