Brewers slugger Ryan Braun underwent back surgery in late October, and the outfielder says he’s still a few weeks behind schedule and won’t be 100 percent when spring training begins, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That being said, he hasn’t experienced any setbacks and expects to be ready by Opening Day.
Braun, 32, played in 140 games last season, his highest total since 2012. He hit .285/.356/.498 with 25 home runs, 84 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases. The performance led to his sixth career All-Star selection. The return to form was heartening for the Brewers, who still owe him $95 million through at least 2020.
The Brewers, reportedly, “would not hesitate” to trade Braun if they received an offer they liked. The club traded shortstop Jean Segura on Saturday night and could trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy by Opening Day or at some point during the season.