MILWAUKEE (AP) — Already dealing with lingering tightness in his right Achilles tendon, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun left Friday night’s game after aggravating the injury and straining his right hip.
Braun was replaced in left field in the top of the eighth inning. He was walking with a limp after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth, but didn’t come out of the game against Pittsburgh right away. The Brewers lost 8-2.
“The danger in trying to play through an injury constantly is it’s easy to re-irritate it,” Braun said. “Your body also compensates so it’s easy to hurt something else. I don’t think it’s too bad, but it doesn’t feel too good right now.”
Braun sat out Thursday night’s game in Los Angeles with tightness in his Achilles and returned to the Brewers’ lineup Friday.
“Pretty much any injury you have during the year doesn’t go away when you play every day,” Braun said. “The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it wasn’t clear if Braun would be able to play Saturday.
“We need to have him in the lineup,” Roenicke said. “We need that bat there.”