According to manager Ron Roenicke, Braun has a nagging injury which flared up. ''Probably the last four, five, six days, it's been bothering him,'' Roenicke said. ''We talked a couple of days ago. If it got better, we'd keep him in there. If not, he's off like this.''
Braun has is hitting .279/.331/.483 (OPS+ 125) with 14 homers and 67 RBI but has played only 98 of the Brewers 121 games due to various ailments, including lower back spasms, an inflamed thumb, a ribcage strain, and a strained abdomen which landed him on the DL in late April, costing him 14 games.
Braun, 30, a five-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP, ended the 2013 season with a 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He is a career .312/.373/.563 hitter, and began the 2014 season with a line of .318./361/.591, six homers and 18 RBI before going on the DL April 27. In addition to his suspension, Braun missed a month in 2013 with a nerve irritation in his right hand.
Now in his eighth major league season, all with the Brewers, Braun was Milwaukee's first round draft pick in 2005, making his debut on May 5, 2007, and winning the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year. In April 2011, Braun signed a $105 million contract extension that takes him through 2020 (mutual option for 2021).
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