Braun will only appear at first base this season against left-handed pitchers. The goal is to give the left-handed hitting Eric Thames, who hit an abysmal .182 with 41 strikeouts in 99 at-bats against left-handed pitching last year, a much-needed day-off against southpaws.
It's also part of the Brewers' process of finding out what to do with an aging, expensive Ryan Braun.
He's fresh off one of the worst seasons of his career in 2017. Through various injuries, he hit .268 with a .823 On-Base Plus Slugging. The only season he performed worse was 2014, the season his reputation was still recovering from being suspended without pay for the remainder of 2013 due to suspicion of PED use.
Braun bounced back admirably in 2015, bringing home his sixth all-star nomination, but bouncing back in 2018, as a 34-year-old, will be much harder.
Granted, Braun is supposed to be completely healthy in 2018. At least, as healthy as an 11-year veteran can be. And when he was healthy last season, he was a quality, productive member of the lineup.
After returning from his second DL stint of the season, which lasted 31 days, he settled in and hit .274 over 237 at-bats over the second half of the season.
But this season, for the first time in his entire career, the Brewers don't need Braun's presence to have success on offense.
With the additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich plus the presence of Travis Shaw, Eric Thames, Domingo Santana and Maverick Phillips and Keon Broxton waiting in the wings down in AAA, the Brewers have more offensive depth than they know what to do with.
And in 2018, Brewers fans might see a more part-time Ryan Braun. Last season, he was given a season low 380 at-bats, and this summer, it's no longer a guarantee to come to Miller Park on Sunday afternoon and see number 8 in the starting lineup.
However, it appears Braun will embrace his role in 2018, whatever it may be.