The Milwaukee Brewers have had to play short-handed for the first part of this stretch of 21 games in 20 days before the All-Star break, especially in the outfield where Lorenzo Cain has landed on the DL and Christian Yelich has had to miss some time with back problems, on top of Ryan Braun’s usual nagging ailments.
The light appears to be at the end of the tunnel, though. Yelich is back in the lineup for today’s 4th of July series finale against the Minnesota Twins, and earlier today Craig Counsell told reporters that Cain was nearing a return.
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell on pending return of Lorenzo Cain from groin strain: "We're close. We're just not there yet."— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 4, 2018
As admirably as Keon Broxton has filled in for Cain, that’s good news for the Brewers’ offense. But an even more imminent return might be in the cards to help an area of the team that has struggled for much of the year:
Brad Miller has had a very good 10-game debut with the Brewers, hitting .344/.417/.531 in 10 games, but defensively the team may be better off playing Saladino every day at short once he’s ready to return.
It’s probably too early to speculate who will be sent out to make room for Cain and Saladino, but it seems like a possibility that both Broxton and Nate Orf could find themselves back in Colorado Springs soon.
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