Crew eyes next week to get Braun in games

Crew eyes next week to get Braun in games

PHOENIX -- The Brewers aim to begin easing left fielder Ryan Braun into Cactus League games sometime in the middle of next week, manager Craig Counsell said Monday after an 8-2 loss to the Padres.

Braun underwent back surgery in October and has not been physically restricted in camp. But Braun and the Brewers chose to map out a conservative schedule, in part because Braun prefers to take fewer Spring Training at-bats than some other players.

"We're looking at sometime in that third week of March," Counsell said. "That's kind of what I was shooting for [from the start]. He's not holding back at all. I think he's feeling really good. It's been all positive, for sure."

Braun is coming off a season in which he batted .285 with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs. His 140 games played were Braun's most since 2012.

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