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Lorenzo Cain elects not to play the rest of the 2020 MLB season

Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 12:06 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (WSAW) - The Milwaukee Brewers announced that outfielder Lorenzo Cain will electing not to play the rest of the 2020 season.

“After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out of the remainder of the 2020 season. With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids. The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that. I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe.”

Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain

“Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse.”

Brewers general manager David Stearns

According to MLB.com, a player who elects not to play is placed on the restricted list, freeing a 40-man roster spot, and does not receive salary or service time. That is technically different from a player who “opts out,” which refers to a player who is deemed high risk for COVID-19 and does receive prorated salary and service time.

In five games, Cain was hitting .333 with two RBIs. The news of Cain electing not to play came shortly after the Cardinals-Brewers game was postponed due to the Cardinals having four more positive COVID-19 tests.

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