Braun (oblique) is not in Friday's lineup for the series opener against the Pirates. Braun will miss the second straight game after becoming a late scratch for Thursday's contest due to right side tightness. He will be replaced in the field by Jake Elmore, who will slide over after starting last game at third, while Hernan Perez takes over at the hot corner. Braun could be back in the lineup for Saturday's game and will be considered day-to-day for now.
Braun has been scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers are yet to offer a rationale for the decision, nor have they released an updated lineup. Braun was initially slated to bat third in the order and man left field, so an update on who will take his spot should come in short order. Consider Braun day-to-day until further notice.
Braun went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cubs. Braun lifted his 14th big fly of the campaign to draw the Brewers within three runs in the fourth inning of a home loss. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, and he's slashing .315/.373/.516 on the year.
Braun went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a steal and three runs against the Pirates on Wednesday. He may be 32 years old with a fairly extensive injury history, but Braun can still flash the ol' speed here and there. He's not going to come close to last year's 24 stolen bags -- eight so far -- but fantasy owners aren't complaining as long as he's on the field and they're getting pop and average out of him. A consistent .300-plus hitter early in his career, Braun's .316 average this season represents a four-year high, and he should clear 20 homers easily if health permits.
Braun is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals. After starting 10 consecutive games, Braun will have Wednesday to rest. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Hernan Perez, who will be playing right field and batting seventh. With the Brewers having a day off Thursday, Braun should return to the lineup for Friday's contest against the Cardinals.
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