Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun will miss his fifth consecutive game Thursday as he deals with a strained oblique muscle.
Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk reported that Braun will miss Thursday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Braun last played Saturday and has so far avoided the disabled list, but the Brewers will add a bullpen arm for Thursday, with right-hander Rob Wooten recalled from Triple-A Nashville Thursday and utility man Elian Herrera sent down, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
The bullpen was stretched so thin Wednesday night that backup catcher Martin Maldonado had to pitch the eighth inning 9-3 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.
The Brewers opted to send down Herrera rather than risk exposing left-hander Wei-Chung Wang—a Rule 5 draft pick—to being offered back to the Pirates.
Herrera had been playing right field in Braun’s absence, but now it appears infielder Mark Reynolds will make his first career start in right field. He has played a total of four innings there in his eight major league seasons. Until he played an inning there Wednesday, he hadn’t seen time in the outfield since his rookie year in 2007 with the Diamondbacks.
Braun, in his return from a 65-game suspension that ended his 2013 season, has hit .318/.361/.591 in 22 games and 97 plate appearances with six home runs and 18 RBI.
This will be Wooten’s second stint with the Brewers this season. He allowed four runs in 4.1 innings over four appearances and had a 1.615 WHIP the last time he was up with the big club.