PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun says he's not "remotely comfortable" yet at first base, but he looks just fine in the batter's box.Four days after offering a candid assessment of his progress at a new position, Braun hit his first two home runs of spring in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the
PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun says he's not "remotely comfortable" yet at first base, but he looks just fine in the batter's box.
Four days after offering a candid assessment of his progress at a new position, Braun hit his first two home runs of spring in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the White Sox at Maryvale Baseball Park. He smacked a solo homer in the first inning, then hit a grand slam in the second as the Brewers built a 7-0 lead against Chicago pitching prospect Carson Fulmer.
"As we get closer toward the end here, you want to get to a place where you feel more comfortable with your swing, your approach, the way you're seeing the ball and tracking the ball," said Braun, who is 6-for-15 with three extra-base hits and six RBIs this spring. "It's never about the results. It's about process, but as you get closer to the end, you hope that you're feeling good as you approach Opening Day."
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Braun is getting there.
"My swing's locked in," Braun said. "The only thing I've tried to do all spring is not strike out. I've struck out once in [19 plate appearances], so my swing's good. My approach has been great. I think I have [four] walks, but only one strikeout. I'm in a good place."
Braun also contributed in the field by digging Orlando Arcia's one-hop relay throw for a second-inning double play. Braun agreed to try first base after Milwaukee acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in January, and if Braun can get comfortable there, he would move around to help free at-bats.
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Before Wednesday, it was thought Braun would split time between left field and first base. But he said he also expects to see some action in right field, where he started for the Brewers in 2014 and '15 while Khris Davis was in Milwaukee.
"I think I was only going to play left, but now I might play some right, too, so I think I'll get a [spring] game or two in right," Braun said. "We'll see how everything goes."
Said Brewers manager Craig Counsell: "He's offered to do it. There could be scenarios during the season; it kind of depends on our configuration. It's not something I think we need to spend a lot of time on, necessarily."
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