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Manager Ron Roenicke said it was important for Braun to build his relationship with fans the community, though getting back to the level of interaction and acceptance from before the suspension won’t “happen overnight.”

“He’s served the penalty Major League Baseball has come up with, and hopefully that’s beyond what we need to address now,” Roenicke said.

Suspension aside, a thumb injury also limited Braun - part of a litany of injuries that hit the Brewers. Braun hit .298 with nine homers and 38 RBIs in 61 games, by far the worst production of his career.

That was in left field. This year, he’s moving to right. The Brewers are realigning their outfield following the trade of Norichika Aoki to Kansas City and the emergence down the stretch of rookie Khris Davis in left.

Braun isn’t worried about a drop-off in production.

“No, I think I’ll be better than I’ve ever been. Very confident in that,” he said.

The thumb feels good. Braun also got married in the offseason. Spring training starts in a less than a month, and he hasn’t been this eager to get started since 2011.

Braun declined comment when asked about the 162-game suspension of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is suing to get his punishment overturned. Braun said “he hasn’t really paid close attention to his situation.”

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AP freelance writers Andrew Wagner and Joe Totoraitis contributed to this report.

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