Cain (opt out) is expected to be ready to play in 2021, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cain was off to a hot start in 2020, but he opted out after just six games. However, manager Craig Counsell said Thursday that Cain has been working out in preparation for the 2021 campaign, and he's expected to be ready to play when the season gets underway. Assuming he plays in 2021, the 34-year-old should serve as the Brewers' starting center fielder once again.
The Brewers placed Cain (personal) on the restricted list Saturday. Cain's addition to the restricted list was a formality after he informed the team Saturday that he would opt out of the 2020 season. The Brewers are expected to proceed with Ben Gamel as their primary center fielder for the remainder of the campaign.
Cain opted out of the 2020 season Saturday. Cain was having a nice start to the season at the plate as he started in five of the first six games for Milwaukee, but he'll elect to sit out the remainder of the 2020 season as COVID-19 cases increase around the league. With the 34-year-old sitting out, Ben Gamel should see an increased role in the Brewers' outfield.
Cain is not starting Wednesday against the Pirates. Cain has started all five games for the Brewers this season, going 6-for-18 with two RBI and four runs in the process. He'll give way to Ben Gamel in the outfield in Wednesday's series finale.
Cain went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Cubs. The veteran outfielder secured his first three hits of the season and also had a nifty escape from a pickle during the second inning, eventually leading to Milwaukee's first run of the contest. Cain struggled at the plate last season with a .697 OPS, but he shed some weight during the offseason and is off to a solid start in 2020.