Cain has seen the ball well this spring, going 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles while striking out just once. Cain had a trying 2019 campaign, but he was motivated to bounce back, and according to Will Sammon of The Athletic, he shed some weight over the offseason and was one of the first position players to report to camp. The early returns, at least, were promising. Whenever play resumes, Cain will be both the Brewers' regular center fielder and leadoff hitter, but he could move down the order a spot or several when Eric Sogard is also in the lineup.
Cain will start in center field and bat leadoff Thursday in the Brewers' Cactus League game against the Royals. Cain will be making his spring debut against his former team after the Brewers deliberately took things slowly with the veteran early in camp after he battled ankle and knee pain at various points in the 2019 season. The injuries contributed to a disappointing second season in Milwaukee for Cain, who finished with fewer than 20 stolen bases for only the second time in six years and saw his OPS fall 115 points from 2018. With some better luck on the health front in his age-34 campaign, Cain could make for an interesting bounce-back candidate.
Cain has recovered from knee and ankle pain and feels healthy heading into spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old mentioned the possibility of having another thumb injection before the season as a precaution, but he's eager to begin his 11th major-league campaign in full health. Cain served as the Brewers' leadoff hitter for 106 games and finished the season hitting .260/.325/.372 with 75 runs scored and 48 RBI in 2019. With the additions of power-hitting free agents Justin Smoak and Avisail Garcia to Milwaukee's lineup, Cain has a favorable opportunity to score many runs in one of the league's most hitter-friendly ballparks this year.
Cain is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game against the Nationals, batting seventh. The 33-year-old left Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle and is now ready to return to Milwaukee's starting lineup against right-hander Max Scherzer. In his last seven games, Cain is slashing .524/.565/.810 with a home run and three RBI.
Cain (ankle) is on the Brewers' wild-card roster, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Cain left Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle, though he expected to be ready to go for Tuesday's game against the Nationals. It remains to be seen whether or not he's in the starting lineup, but the Brewers likely wouldn't have carried him if they didn't expect him to be ready to play.