Ryan Braun’s Spring Training debut was delayed due to setbacks from his back injury but he showed no signs of being held back by the injury in his Spring Training debut yesterday as the Brewers cruised past the White Sox.
Ryan Braun’s spring training day debut helped the Brewers cruise past the White Sox 5-2. Braun hit an RBI in his first plate appearance and then was walked in his second. Braun told reporters:
“I felt like I was tested in a lot of ways today and I feel great, so it was definitely a positive first day,” said Braun. “The biggest challenges are the things you can’t prepare for — going first to home, having to slide, running catches, stuff like that. The more I’m able to challenge my body, the more comfortable and confident I’ll be that I am back to 100%.
He also said “I felt good. I saw the ball good. I’ve always said I don’t need to face a lot of live pitching in spring training. Everything is great. It couldn’t have been any better. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow but right now I feel great. It went about as well as it could have gone.”
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Matt Garza also showed signs of improvement as Garza pitched four scoreless innings, a much better showing from his last spring training outing. Garza gave up just two hits, three walks and struck out two showing signs that this year could be much better than last. Garza commented on the matter saying “When you get your team groundballs, it really helps out,” said Garza. “They cut some big innings small. That’s what they are there for. You’ve got to trust the guys behind you if you’re going to be successful on the hill.
The Brewers are now 7-6-1 in the Cactus league and take on the Rangers tonight at 8:05 CT.