The Brewers have placed center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list with a strained left groin, per a club announcement Tuesday afternoon:
Cain, 32, has had an All-Star-worthy season, so this is a disappointing development for the NL Central-leading Brewers, even with the injury believed to be a relatively minor one. In 312 plate appearances this season, Cain has posted a .291/.394/.438 slash line with eight homers, 16 stolen bases, and 11 defensive runs saved, a total that ranks first among NL center fielders.
Taking Cain’s spot on the roster will be 28-year-old Keon Broxton, who became the odd man out of the Brewers’ outfield mix over the offseason when they added Cain and Christian Yelich. He’s spent the entire season to date at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and though he was passed over for a fill-in opportunity by prospect Brett Phillips earlier this season, he’s certainly made a strong case to get back to the majors, posting a .263/.336/.431 slash line with nine homers and 24 steals in 295 plate appearances. Though he posted a disappointing .220 batting average last year, Broxton wasn’t bad as Milwaukee’s primary center fielder in 2017; he hit 20 homers and stole 21 bases while posting a .719 OPS in 463 plate appearances. Yelich has plenty of experience as an everyday center fielder and could get starts there if the Brewers want to give more playing time to Eric Thames, Hernan Perez, and Ryan Braun at the outfield corners, but Broxton provides a decent option in center while Cain is out.