Cardinals’ Ryan Braun plays in first career game as he continues rehab

The Arizona Cardinals are getting back on the field after a two-week absence from the game as they continue rehabbing left shoulder injuries suffered during the team’s season opener.

The team on Monday signed outfielder Ryan Braun to a minor league contract, the team announced.

Braun is the first player to be designated for assignment by the Cardinals since Chris Johnson in 2011.

Braun played the final four games of the season before returning to the minors and finishing the season with a .275 average and 13 home runs in 58 games.

The 25-year-old Braun was in the majors for just one year, but played just 23 games last season due to injuries.

He missed the final month of the regular season with an oblique strain and did not play in any of the Cardinals’ playoff games.

Braun missed just one game in 2015, hitting .208 with a career-high nine home runs.