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Ryan Braun Injury: Updates on Brewers Star's Back and Return

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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJuly 6, 2014

Updates from Thursday, July 10

The Milwaukee Brewers' official Twitter account notes a significant addition to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies:

Updates from Wednesday, July 9

The Milwaukee Brewers Twitter account posted tonight's lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Braun is absent from it:

Updates from Tuesday, July 8

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the status of Ryan Braun's injured back:

It is not surprising that Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup for their game Tuesday night against Philadelphia at Miller Park. Braun could barely run on a double in the eighth inning Monday night while battling a lower back issue.

Updates from Monday, July 7

Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reported on Ryan Braun's return to the lineup:

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At 52-36, the Milwaukee Brewers have solidified themselves as one of the top teams in the National League, but that might change if slugger Ryan Braun misses an extended period of time. 

Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Brewers are in a "wait-and-see" mode with Braun, who was pulled after the first inning Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds with lower back spasms.

Manager Ron Roenicke told Rosiak about the injury, saying, "Back tightness. Felt it today in BP. Thought he was going to be able to get through the game, and obviously couldn't do it."

As a result, Braun was not listed in Sunday's lineup for the Brewers' clash at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati:

Rotoworld's staff cited Rosiak and quickly weighed in on the extent of Braun's injury following the announcement he wasn't in Sunday's lineup: "It doesn't appear to be more than a day-to-day situation at this point."

Braun and Carlos Gomez have combined to form one of the more imposing duos in the National League. Opposing pitchers can't pitch around one to get to the other, and both have thrived in 2014 after the team went a disappointing 74-88 last season.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 05:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers strikes out in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Braun has been a force when healthy (he missed time earlier this year with a right oblique strain), slashing .288/.340/.507 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI as a stalwart in the heart of the order. 

That kind of production is hard to replace, as the Brewers saw last year when Braun was limited to just 61 games after being suspended for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Logan Schafer will likely see time in Braun's stead, though he's hitting just .176/.263/.271 in 85 at-bats.

 

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