Ryan Braun leaves game with tightness in right side

Ryan Braun had to leave Thursday night's game with a side issue.
Ryan Braun had to leave Thursday night's game with a side issue. (USATSI)

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Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left Thursday's game in Atlanta after two at-bats due to tightness in his right side, the broadcast announced. No further information is yet known, but remember that Braun was on the DL from April 27 until May 13 due to a strained right oblique, so this could be a flare up.

Braun, 30, is hitting .289/.328/.529 with six doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBI this season in 31 games. In addition to the oblique problem, he's also dealt with thumb issues this season.

If Braun has to hit the DL, he'll join fellow middle-of-the-order hitter Aramis Ramirez. The Brewers would then have Logan Schafer and Elian Herrera as options to see an uptick of playing time in the outfield.

That's getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though. Braun's issue could end up being simply of the day-to-day variety.

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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 six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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