Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun told reporters on Sunday he will not be 100% ready at the start of spring training in less than three weeks after undergoing back surgery at the end of last season. But Braun said he does hope to be ready for opening day.
“I just got cleared to do rotational exercises about two weeks ago, so just started swinging a bat literally this last week, but so far so good,” said Braun. “I usually don’t start hitting until January, so I’m literally a couple of weeks behind where I’d usually be. But overall I’m definitely encouraged by where I’m at.”
Braun is one of just a few veteran players on the roster that hasn’t been traded since the Brewers started their rebuilding process midway through last season.
With the Brewers parting with so many veterans, Braun was asked if he thought his days could be numbered.
“I don’t worry about things that are out of my control,” said Braun. “You stay focused on the things you can control. If any of us start worrying about things that are out of our control it just distracts from what we are trying to accomplish.”