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Lorenzo Cain opts out of remainder of 2020 season

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Cain is the first Brewer to opt out after a second wave of COVID postponed games

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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Lorenzo Cain is opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Cain’s decision comes after reports that at least five St. Louis Cardinals players and personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 and the Miami Marlins are in the midst of an outbreak affecting well over a dozen employees and players.

Over just five games, Cain was off to a hot start with a .333/.429/.389 line. He had forced Craig Counsell to move him up in the lineup after starting in the eighth spot the first few games.

Although he’s the first Brewer to depart, it’s hard to imagine Cain will be the last. Ryan Braun has talked openly about considering opting out daily. With the second outbreak in just about a week of the season coming from an opponent’s locker room, many Brewers will likely feel that much more at risk given the situation. We’ll continue to cover any additional moves as they come out.