Brewers' right fielder Ryan Braun exited Thursday night's series finale against the Braves in the top of the fifth inning due to tightness in his right side. Elian Herrera pinch-hit for him and took over in right field.
This injury would be right around that area where one's oblique would be. If you'll remember, Braun had been on the disabled list recently due to an oblique injury. However, he missed just the minimum amount of time, while choosing not to go on the disabled list. Thus, this is likely a re-aggravation of the same issue.
The Brewers likely won't have an update on Braun's status until after the game sometime, if that early. However, we can expect him to be day-to-day at best. There is certainly also a very real possibility that he may have to go back on the disabled list. If the worst-case scenario comes to light, it also would not be surprising to see him miss more than the necessary 15 days while Milwaukee makes sure he is healthy before coming back lest they tempt fate again.
Losing Braun for really any time at all is certainly not good news. The offense has not been the greatest of late and is already missing Aramis Ramirez. In addition, Carlos Gomez is day-to-day with a back injury and is bad enough that he is not in the lineup on Thursday.
If Braun misses any time, there is a possibility the team will have to use an outfield of Khris Davis - Elian Herrera - Logan Schafer, which is a murderers row of hitters if I've ever seen one. Except they're murdering the Brewers and not the opposing team. So a suicide row, of sorts. If Gomez can play, the switch-hitting Herrera and left handed Schafer will platoon in right field for however long Braun misses.
Prior to leaving the game, Braun was 0-2 and did not look all that comfortable. Prior to today, Braun had hit .226/.250/.387 with a homer and five strikeouts in eight games since coming off the DL.
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