Milwaukee Brewers designate outfielder Lorenzo Cain, 36, for task after 'an important profession'

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain was designated for task on Saturday, the staff introduced earlier than its recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds.

Cain, 36, was hitting .179 in 145 at-bats whereas the Brewers’ offense struggled all through June. The veteran was 4-for-26 this month with no walks and 7 strikeouts. As a staff, the Brewers rank 14th in OPS within the National League in June whereas falling out of first place after a robust begin.

Cain broke in with the Brewers in 2010, then spent the subsequent seven seasons in Kansas City earlier than returning to Milwaukee as a free agent in 2018. He’s within the ultimate season of a five-year, $80 million deal. The transfer comes on the identical date that Cain reached 10 years of main league service.

“It just got to a point where it’s probably time,” Cain mentioned in Cincinnati. “I haven’t been performing like I would’ve liked, but the situation is what it is. I’ve had a great career. I can’t really be upset about anything, but, yeah, it’s time. I wish all my teammates the best, coaches, trainers, everybody that I’ve played with or met throughout my entire career, I wish them nothing but the best. It’s been a really fun ride for me for sure.”

Cain is a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. He additionally completed within the prime 10 in MVP voting twice in his profession.

“No doubt, he did his part,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned. “At the end, it was time for this. It was just time.”

Cain was changed within the roster by journeyman outfielder Jonathan Davis, who was referred to as up from Triple-A Nashville.

“I would say it was mutual to part ways,” he mentioned. “We have a really good team. I don’t think I was contributing the way I would’ve liked. I feel like they definitely had to make a move. I definitely would’ve liked to play a lot better — contribute to the team a little bit more — but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this year.

“At the top of the day, it has been enjoyable. I feel that staff can go actually far. They’re actually well-coached, well-managed. Those guys play their hearts out. I’m undoubtedly going to overlook them. It’s been a enjoyable journey for positive.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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