Cain was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's spring game in order to attend to a family issue, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Cain was in the initial lineup for Thursday's game, but he did not take the field as expected, leading to some concern about his status. However, he was at the Brewers' complex before game time, and the Brewers simply elected not to play him. Cain has hit the ball well this spring, going 9-for-25 (.360) with a 3:4 BB:K over 10 games. He is set to man center field and hit leadoff regularly for the Brewers when the regular season gets underway.
Cain will hit leadoff in Friday's spring game against the Diamondbacks. Cain will play Friday for the fourth time this spring, and he will spearhead the Brewers' batting order while patrolling center field. Cain figures to fill that role regularly for the Brewers once the regular season gets underway.
Cain went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's victory over the Pirates. Cain did not start the previous three games, but he was able to pinch hit Saturday night and return to the lineup a day later. Following Sunday's game, Cain owns 29 steals and a .308 batting average on the season. He could get added rest before the regular season ends if the Brewers are able to lock up a playoff spot by the middle of the week, but he otherwise figures to be in the lineup every day.
Cain (ribs) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates. Cain left Tuesday's game with intercostal soreness and missed three straight starts. He appeared off the bench Saturday and will be a full participant Sunday, batting third and playing center field.
Cain (ribs) took indoor swings before and during Milwaukee's Saturday game and didn't report any issues, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Manager Craig Counsell called this a "good sign," and Rosiak wrote "Getting him back [Sunday] would be big" for [the] Brewers, so that possibility is in play. Cain hasn't played since he left Tuesday's contest with the injury.
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