This year is not very forgiving. The home opener series was postponed because of Cardinals’ players testing positive for COVID-19. Due to additional positive tests on the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday’s and Saturday’s games are officially postponed. Now, Sunday’s double-header is highly unlikely. This led to Brewers center fielder, Lorenzo Cain, to opt out for the rest of the season. Cain has a wife and three kids at home. The Brewers issued this statement about the news:
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 1, 2020
With more and more positive tests surfacing from other teams in the league, who knows how long the season will last. According to Brewers beat writer, Adam McCalvy, these are the Brewers’ options for replacing Cain in center field:
Without Cain, the Gold Glover, the Brewers CF options would start with Ben Gamel. Also in the 60-man player pool are Tyrone Taylor and Corey Ray (on the 40-man) and Keon Broxton (not on 40-man).— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 1, 2020
It will be interesting to see how the Brewers respond to this move as far as roster moves. As McCalvy mentioned, Keon Broxton is not currently on the 40-man roster but some consider him the most obvious answer to move up. His experience and proved fielding ability would be a valuable addition considering the talent and leadership lost in Cain.
The Brewers have a 3-3 record with hopes to play more games, albeit without Cain.