MRI reveals Ryan Braun has an oblique injury

Ryan Braun actually has an oblique injury, not a ribcage injury.
Ryan Braun actually has an oblique injury, not a ribcage injury. (USATSI)

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Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun was forced to sit out Sunday's game against the Cubs due to what was reported, at the time, as an intercostal (ribcage area) strain. Instead, an MRI Monday revealed that Braun actually has a strained oblique muscle, the Brewers told reporters (Adam McCalvy among them).

There's no word yet as to the severity of Braun's injury, but as we've seen many times in recent years, oblique injuries usually result in stints on the disabled list and take a few weeks to heal.

Braun, 30, is hitting .318/.361/.591 (162 OPS+) with four doubles, six homers and 18 RBI in 22 games so far this season.

Elian Herrera played right field in Braun's absence Sunday. Logan Schafer is on a rehab assignment as he looks to return from a hamstring injury and he could eventually serve as Braun's replacement -- should Braun need a DL stint, which isn't a sure thing right now.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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