Milwaukees Avisaíl García admits he was a little surprised at first when he learned the Brewers were adding Jackie Bradley Jr. to a crowded outfield competition.

A discussion with manager Craig Counsell helped Garcia understand the logic in the move and how it could assist him.

Were good, García said Thursday from the Brewers spring training camp in Phoenix. I get it.

The addition of Bradley, announced Monday, gave the Brewers four former All-Stars for three outfield positions. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain is back after opting out of most of the 2020 season, though hes been slowed by a quadriceps injury, and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich is set in left field.

Counsell hasnt indicated how he will divide playing time. He understood Garcias initial surprise about the Bradley signing and said the 29-year-old handled it well.

He was a true professional, Counsell said of García. Thats the way Id describe it. He was concerned and rightfully so. I think thats fair. But the way were looking at this is theres at-bats to go around. I think it will keep everybody really productive. I dont see this as having a fourth outfielder. I see this as four outfielders.

García, who made the All-Star Game in 2017 with the Chicago White Sox, has shown hes intent on bouncing back from a subpar 2020 season.

He said at the start of the camp that he weighed 235 and had dropped almost 36 pounds from where hed been at one point. García, who is 6-foot-4, says he played at about 257 pounds last season and believes the weight loss has improved his speed and energy level.

I think Avis optimism for the season just shows up by the way he showed up to camp, Counsell said. He clearly worked very, very hard and put a lot into his preparations this winter. That was in the weight room and it was in the cages. Hes put a lot of work in. Hes getting great feedback from that work so far.

Indeed, García went 7 of 14 with two homers in his first six Cactus League games.

Im not giving up any at-bats, García said. Im trying to work the counts, try to see good pitches to hit and do my best every day, no matter what statistics I have. Spring training or whatever, Im here to play and Im ready.

García batted just .238 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 53 games in his first season the Brewers last year after hitting .282 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs in 125 games for Tampa Bay in 2019. García, normally a right fielder, spent much of last season playing center after Cain opted out.

Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines visited Garcias Miami home during the offseason as they tried figuring out how to improve upon that 2020 performance.

Im focused on using my hips, trying to have balance and be early (at the plate), García said. When Im early, I have a really good chance to hit the ball hard. Thats what were working on. Be early, be on time and be loose. Dont try to do too much.

García isnt speculating how many games he may end up playing this season. But he appreciates how the Brewers are adding more talent.

Hopefully if everybody stays healthy, everybody can play a lot of games, Garcia said. Theres a lot of things that can happen during the season. I dont know. The only thing I want is for everybody to stay healthy. Thats the best. If everybody stays healthy, I think we will have a special team.

Thats the message Counsell is sending to each of his outfielders.

Ive told all of them that the problem we want is that you all are playing so well that weve got issues trying to figure out whos going to play, Counsell said. I can guarantee if thats the case, there will be a lot of wins on the board, well be sitting in a pretty good spot and understand theres a real big purpose ahead of us.