Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Sunday what many assumed when Khris Davis was traded February 12 to the Athletics: Ryan Braun will move back to left field this season in Milwaukee, with 23-year-old prospect Domingo Santana taking over in right.
Braun was the Brewers’ regular left fielder from 2008-2013, but he moved to right field in 2014 to clear a spot for the defensively-challenged Davis. Santana has a very strong arm and Braun is coming off back surgery, so the return to left makes all the sense in the world.
Milwaukee acquired Santana from the Astros in last year’s Carlos Gomez trade. The hope is he can be a big part of the club’s rolling rebuild.