Braun visited Brewers camp Monday but is still "strongly leaning" toward retiring, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Braun's presence at camp may have led some to believe he is considering playing this season, and he did not close the door on that happening, saying, "Until I get to a point where I've completely made my mind up, I just don't see any sense in making (retirement) official." However, he did ultimately reaffirm his comments from February, when he said he isn't "currently interested in playing" baseball in 2021, and added that his "top priority is parenting."
Braun (oblique) continues to participate in workouts but isn't "currently interested in playing" baseball in 2021, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Milwaukee declined the 37-year-old's $15 million mutual option for 2021 back in October, and he's been enjoying time with his family during the offseason. Braun indicated he's not officially retired and will "stay in touch with the Brewers," but he seems unlikely to be back on the field this season with spring training already on the horizon. He appeared in 39 games during 2020 and had a .233/.281/.488 slash line with eight homers and 26 RBI in 139 plate appearances while splitting time as a designated hitter and right fielder.
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.
Braun is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Braun heads to the bench after going 7-for-20 with three extra-base hits while starting in each of the previous six games. Jace Peterson will spell Braun in right field in the series finale.
Braun went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer against the Royals on Saturday.
Braun came to the plate with runners on first and second in the eighth inning and delivered a home run to put the Brewers up 5-0. He now has seven home runs on the season, five of which have come in his last nine appearances. Overall, Braun is hitting .255/.306/.549 with a 25 RBI and 11 runs scored across 113 plate appearances.
Braun (back) will bat third as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals.
Braun left Friday's game with back spasms, but the issue was evidently a minor one. He's ready to return without missing a single start and will look to build on his excellent .406/.444/.906 slash line this month.
Manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Braun is dealing with back spasms, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Braun was removed from Friday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning after hitting a single. The 36-year-old dealt with a similar issue in late August and early September. Counsell said that the team should know more about the severity of the issue Saturday. Ben Gamel also left the game with a quad injury, so it's unclear who could take over in right field if they miss time.
Braun exited Friday's game against the Royals with low back tightness, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Braun hit a single in the bottom of the fourth inning but was replaced by pinch-runner Ben Gamel due to his injury. The severity of the issue is unclear. If Braun is forced to miss any additional time, Gamel could take his place in right field.
Braun went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in a 6-0 win over the Brewers in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Braun didn't start the first game Wednesday, but he packed a punch in the nightcap. Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo allowed the first two batters to reach in the first inning, and Braun made him pay with the homer. The 36-year-old Braun homered four times in his last six games and is slashing .367/.412/.900 -- yes, .900 -- through 10 games this month.
Braun is not in the lineup for the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
It's no surprise to see that an oft-injured veteran like Braun won't be tasked with starting twice in one day. Ben Gamel starts in right field for the first game of the day, but Braun will likely return to the lineup for the nightcap.
Braun went 1-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 18-3 win over the Cardinals.
Fantasy managers watched Ben Gamel pinch run and poach a third run scored from Braun's total. Regardless, Braun is hitting a healthy 7-for-21 over his last seven games and has homered in three of his past six contests.
Braun is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.
Braun is responsible for all three of Milwaukee's runs through the first two games of the series with a sacrifice fly Friday and a two-run homer Saturday, but he'll head to the bench for the series finale. Ben Gamel will take over in right field Sunday for the Brewers.
Braun went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Saturday in the Brewers' 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
Braun was responsible for the Brewers' only runs of the day, taking Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks deep to center field for a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The 36-year-old has provided two of his four long balls on the season over his past three starts, raising his OPS to .727 in the process. That figure is still the lowest of Braun's 14-year career and represents a downturn of more than 100 points from 2019 (.848).
Braun went 0-for-3 with the game-winning RBI in the Brewers' 1-0 victory over the Cubs on Friday.
In a game where the Brewers only recorded four hits, Braun made the difference with a walk-off sacrifice fly. It concluded a 27-strikeout showdown between Brandon Woodruff, Jon Lester and the bullpens. Nonetheless, Braun is now slashing .300/.358/.550 through his past seven games.
Braun went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs, three RBI and a walk during Wednesday's 19-0 win over the Tigers.
The veteran slugger has been unavailable for much of the past couple weeks while dealing with back issues, so it's a good sign he remained in for the entirety of Wednesday's contest despite the lopsided score. Braun has a .231/.286/.436 slash line with three home runs, five doubles and 13 RBI in 23 games.
Braun sits for the second straight game Tuesday against the Tigers.
Braun missed four games with back issues last week but returned Saturday before heading right back to the bench for Sunday's game. Whether or not his continued absence Tuesday is due to the same injury is not yet clear. Daniel Vogelbach will be the designated hitter Tuesday, while Ben Gamel starts in right field.
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