The Milwaukee left fielder reported to camp Monday to prepare for his 12th big league season. And for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2007, he’ll be taking ground balls as the Brewers try to get him work at first base.
Moving Braun became an option when Milwaukee acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in January. Their additions created a logjam in an already-crowded outfield, so to help ease the situation, general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell approached Braun about potentially playing first base.
In terms of power conference teams, the Florida State Seminoles (in overtime over Clemson) and Providence Friars (who handed Villanova its second loss in three games) both picked up crucial wins on Wednesday night to edge themselves closer to safety. On the flip side, the Kentucky Wildcats, losers of four in a row, Butler Bulldogs, in the midst of a three-game skid, and TCU Horned Frogs, who last won consecutive games on Dec. 18 and 22, are all headed in the wrong direction.
Braun didn’t have to do much rehabbing work during the offseason and reported to camp with no health issues. With the Brewers poised to challenge for a postseason berth, he’s ready for a new challenge.
The United States team of Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani is slated to go 18th in the order, followed by the U.S. team of Evan Bates and Madison Chock. At No. 22, Zachary Donohue and Madison Hubbell, the final U.S. pair, will hit the ice. There are 24 entrants in total.
The first pairing up is Michal Ceska and Cortney Mansorova of Czech Republic, dancing to a samba, rhumba, samba. Their technical score was a 29.11, and their overall score was a 53.53, short of their season’s best of 54.94. Up next is Maxim Nikittin and Alexandra Nazarova of Ukraine.
Skating to the rhumba and mambo and with a season best of 63.33, Nikittin and Nazarova had a lively start. The 2015 World Championships bronze medalists had a technical score of 27.26 and finished with a 57.97, taking over first place. Up next is the par of Joti Polizoakis and Kavita Lorenz.