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Brewers return Nix to Minor Leagues

Brewers return Nix to Minor Leagues

PHOENIX -- The Brewers returned Laynce Nix to Minor League camp on Sunday, setting their outfield for the start of the 2008 season.

The move left six outfielders in big league camp but one of them is center fielder Mike Cameron, who must sit out the first 25 games of the regular season because he tested positive last season for a banned amphetamine. When Cameron returns -- barring rainouts, that day will come on April 29 -- the Brewers will face a decision.

But for now it is clear they will start the season with left fielder Ryan Braun and right fielder Corey Hart, with Gabe Gross, Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Gabe Kapler vying for starts in center field in Cameron's absence. A leading candidate to start Opening Day is Gwynn, who is solid defensively and has a hit in eight of his last 10 Spring Training games. Gwynn was 0-for-2 in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks, but he scored a run.

The Brewers still have 16 active pitchers in camp (that number will be reduced to 15 in the coming days, when injured left-hander Chris Capuano goes on the disabled list), three catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders, including Cameron.

Nix, who did not play Sunday, batted .306 (11-for-36) in 19 Cactus League games.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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