Tag:Ryan Braun
Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:51 pm

Braun: 'I'm OK'

MIAMI -- Dustin Pedroia left Team USA because of an injury. So did Chipper Jones.

Ryan Braun badly wants to stay.

In fact, Braun said, he wanted to play in tonight's World Baseball Classic elimination game against Puerto Rico. He said that if Team USA wins tonight, he'll take batting practice Wednesday, in hopes of returning to the Team USA lineup for the semifinals.

"I wanted to [play tonight]," he said. "[The Brewers] didn't want me to, and I fully understand."

Braun said he did talk Brewers general manager Doug Melvin out of the need for an MRI exam on his sore right side.

"It's not at all severe," Braun said.

Also today, Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom said he doesn't believe the shoulder injury that forced him out of the WBC is serious.

"Just a little inflammation," Lindstrom said.

Lindstrom tried to clarify his comments from Sunday night, when he said the shoulder felt sore while he was warming up in the bullpen. Today, he said the shoulder was just a little tight.

"I thought I was OK because the ball was still coming out good," he said.

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