MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun aggravated a nagging groin injury during Tuesday night’s win against the St. Louis Cardinals and is not in the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday night that the injury was “not very serious.” Braun’s absence is likely just a precaution, allowing him to get two days of rest with the team’s scheduled off day Thursday.
Roenicke echoed that message on Wednesday, explaining that Braun told athletic trainer Dan Wright the injury was still affecting him Wednesday morning.
“Even though we need him in there against these guys,” Roenicke said, “if he can’t do it and with the off day tomorrow, he should be good to go (this weekend) against Cincinnati.”
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The injury took place when Braun ran to catch a fly ball close to the wall. He said he took himself out of the game in the seventh inning fearing that sprinting would further aggravate the injury. Roenicke said the injury clearly affected Braun’s at-bats against the Cardinals, as the Brewers slugger went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Roenicke was asked Wednesday whether the reoccurrence of Braun’s nagging injuries would lead to the team shutting him down on occasion to allow his multitude of minor ailments to heal. But the Brewers manager didn’t think that would be the case.
“I hope not,” Roenicke said. “Usually when he has these little things, if we can give him a day … it usually goes away and he’s OK. I don’t think it’s anything big.”
Surprisingly, the Brewers are 5-0 in games without their best player this season.
Braun is batting .309 with 26 home runs and 65 RBI.