Apr 2, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) reacts after flying out to end the game against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park. The Braves beat the Brewers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun Lands On DL With Oblique Strain


The Milwaukee Brewers tried to wait it out, but on Saturday the team placed right fielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. (h/t ESPN.com)

The move is retroactive to last Sunday, the day after he sustained the injury in a win over the Cubs on April 26.

Despite battling a lingering thumb problem, Braun is hitting .318/.361/.591 with six homers and 18 RBI in 97 plate appearances over 22 games, with 18 strikeouts.

The Brewers activated outfielder Logan Schafer to take Braun’s place on the roster. Schafer had been on the DL since April 18 with a strained hamstring. In 10 games prior to the injury, Schafer was 6-for-28 with four doubles, two RBI and six strikeouts.

Obviously, being without Braun for an extended period of time is a major hit to the lineup and the Brewers are just 3-3 since Braun has been out. At 21-9, Milwaukee has the best record in baseball and leads the NL Central by six games already over St. Louis. In 101 games without Braun last season, the Brewers were 46-55, but put up a record of 33-32 after he was suspended last July.

Braun will be eligible to be reinstated May 12 if all goes well, but oblique injuries can be tricky because the core is so essential to a player’s movements, particularly swinging a bat.

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