Braun out of lineup after tweaking Achilles

MILWAUKEE — After aggravating his lingering Achilles

injury and straining his right hip Friday night in a loss to the Pirates,

Brewers star left fielder Ryan Braun sat out Milwaukee’s 5-1 victory against Pittsburgh

on Saturday.

“I don’t know how close he is, but he was sore,” Brewers manager Ron

Roenicke said before Saturday’s win. “We’ll hold him out, and we’ll see

what tomorrow looks like.”

Braun left Friday’s game in the top of the eighth inning after legging out a

single at first base and stealing second. He attempted to stay in the game

after the steal but then limped off the field. After the game, Braun said he

made a “weird, awkward slide” to avoid tweaking his nagging Achilles,

but he aggravated the injury and hurt his hip anyway.

Roenicke said when Braun was evaluated before Saturday’s

game that it wasn’t a tough decision to keep him out of the lineup for the

Brewers’ matchup with the Pirates. Braun was noticeably limping around the

Brewers clubhouse before the game, but so far he is considered day to day.

With an off-day on Monday, there’s a distinct possibility, Roenicke said, that

he could hold the left fielder out of the lineup for Sunday’s series finale as

well to get the National League MVP as healthy as possible before the Brewers

begin a three-game set with the Cubs on Tuesday.

Braun, who is hitting .310 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI, said on Friday night

that he refuses to sit out a few games to completely return to health and

instead will continue to play with the nagging injury. Entering Saturday’s

contest, he had missed three of Milwaukee’s 52 games.

“I think the danger in trying to play through an injury constantly is it’s

easy to reinjure 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 good right now.”

Roenicke was clearly frustrated by the nagging injury to his star, alluding to

reporters that he and Braun have “had a lot of discussions” about

Braun’s sliding and stealing bases, in light of his injury. He even

mentioned that he could put a red light on someone, namely Braun, if he felt it

would be unwise for him to steal with his nagging ailment. In discussing

Braun’s status on Saturday afternoon, Roenicke’s frustration was obvious.

“We need to get this thing taken care of so we can get back to worrying

about what’s going on on the field and who we’ve got playing, not who we don’t

have playing,” Roenicke said.

Norichika Aoki replaced Braun in left field, while Corey Hart took Braun’s

No. 3 spot in the order against the Pirates on Saturday.

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