Cain went 3-for-5 with a double in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Giants. The veteran center fielder endured a rough first half, heading into the All-Star break with a .661 OPS that would be his lowest mark since his first season as a regular player for the Royals in 2013, so Saturday's performance was encouraging. Cain has six games this year with three hits or more, however -- his problem has been consistency, not ability. The Brewers still seem content with him at the top of the order for now, but rookie Keston Hiura's .350 OBP could make him a threat to dislodge Cain if he doesn't pick up the pace.
Cain went 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI in Friday's 7-6 extra-inning victory over the Pirates. After the Brewers blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning, Cain hit an opposite-field RBI single that ended up accounting for the game's deciding run. The veteran center fielder saw the ball well at the plate all night with two of his three outs coming on sharp line drives. After slashing a disappointing .233/.327/.256 and striking out 23 times in June, the 33-year-old notched his first three-hit performance since May 30. After hitting .300 in five of the past six seasons, the former World Series champion will look to improve his .250 batting average and .671 OPS and re-secure the everyday leadoff spot following the all-star break.
Cain is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds. Per Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin, manager Craig Counsell characterized Cain's absence as a scheduled day off, suggesting the Brewers have no concern about the thumb issue that bothered the 33-year-old earlier in the series. With Cain resting, Ben Gamel will pick up a start in center field.
Cain is starting in center field and batting sixth Tuesday against the Reds, though his thumb went numb after he jammed it Monday night and "there is some level of concern," according to manager Craig Counsell, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Cain was hoping to put the thumb issue behind him after receiving a cortisone shot and a cryotherapy injection last week, but it appears as though he's not out of the woods just yet. He did manage to launch a solo blast to spark a late-inning rally for the Brewers in the series opener, so he continues to prove that he can play through the injury, just not at the same level we're accustomed to seeing from Cain.
Cain (thumb) will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday against the Mariners. He'll check back into the starting nine after missing the Brewers' previous three games with a sore right thumb, for which he required a cortisone shot and a cryotherapy injection. Cain's thumb apparently responded well to the treatment method, so the expectation is that he'll settle back into a full-time role right away coming off the injury. Ben Gamel will retreat to the bench with Cain back in action.
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