Braun (oblique) was listed on the list of free agents provided by the MLBPA on Thursday, indicating that the Brewers have officially declined his $15 million dollar mutual option for 2021. This comes as no surprise, with $15 million far exceeding the 36-year-old outfielder's value at this point in his career. The former National League MVP has mentioned the possibility of retiring after the 2020 season, though a return to Milwaukee for a 15th season with the Brewers remains a possibility. He could also draw interest from other teams looking to add a low-cost right-handed bat this winter.
Braun, who is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Dodgers on Thursday, said the injury he is dealing with is actually a strained left oblique, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Braun was reported to be dealing with mid-back discomfort, but it's actually the veteran outfielder's oblique that is keeping him out of the lineup Thursday. This is significant news, as oblique injuries often linger for multiple weeks. All that being said, manager Craig Counsell did not rule out the possibility of using the 36-year-old as a pinch hitter during the win-or-go-home tilt.
Braun (back) isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Dodgers on Thursday. Braun was removed from Wednesday's contest with mid-back discomfort, and he'll remain out of the lineup as the Brewers fight to stay alive in the playoffs Thursday. Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, manager Craig Counsell did not rule out the possibility of the veteran outfielder being used as a pinch hitter. Tyrone Taylor will start in right field.
Braun was removed from Wednesday's Game 1 against the Dodgers with mid-back discomfort, per the ESPN telecast. The 36-year-old dealt with back problems throughout the year and appeared to aggravate those issues when he collided with the outfield wall after securing an out Wednesday. Braun struck out in both plate appearances before exiting and should be considered day-to-day.
Braun went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 3-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. Braun teamed up with Daniel Vogelbach to go back-to-back against Adam Wainwright in the fourth to give the Brewers their first lead of the evening. Braun is hitting .238/.281/.500 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 38 games as he hopes to help Milwaukee to another playoff birth in his 14th season with the ballclub.