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Report: Braun to play first base for Brewers on Opening Day and all year against left-handers

Posted: 3:25 PM, Mar 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-24 18:01:22Z

MILWAUKEE -- Meet your new Milwaukee Brewers first baseman. (Well, part-time at least.)

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers have decided to start Ryan Braun at first base on Opening Day next Thursday in San Diego (2:35 p.m. on WTMJ) and every game against left-handed starting pitching.

The move leads to an Opening Day start since the Padres' scheduled starter that day, Clayton Richard, is a left-hander.

This is a new position for Braun, one which has led to experimentation and often struggle for the veteran outfielder.

"You're not going to transform a player to an experienced player and a completely comfortable player in five games worth of action," manager Craig Counsell told McCalvy , "but he's handled himself very well from our perspective."

The move was also spawned by the off-season pickups of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, both talented outfielders, producing a glut of talent at the position.