PHOENIX (AP) Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun is on deck to shift back to left field.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Braun will switch this spring from right field to his former position.

Braun spent two seasons in right field after moving over from left. The slugger was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 as a third baseman.

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Counsell said the shift will benefit both the 2011 NL MVP and the team.

Counsell said the Brewers are looking to make room for Domingo Santana, who played 38 games for Milwaukee last year after being acquired in July from Houston in the trade for Carlos Gomez.