Braun misses fourth straight game, has MRI on calf

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Associated Press
Thursday, July 7, 2011
— Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game Wednesday to have an MRI on a sore left calf that Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke attributes to the all-star’s attempt to rush back.

Braun went to be examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch, walking out of Miller Park about 10:30 a.m. Roenicke said the soreness increased after Braun worked out Tuesday in an effort to play Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“He put a lot of effort in to see if he could go yesterday, so he feels it a little bit more,” Roenicke said. “But I think also the reason he feels it is because he really didn’t do anything those two days after (being injured).

“Anytime you start up again, even BP (batting practice), it’s probably going to be a little sore,” he said.

Roenicke said he talked to trainer Roger Caplinger about the injury.

“Roger still doesn’t think it’s anything big, but you know sometimes it goes on longer than we expect it,” he said.

Braun has a 22-game hitting streak and is batting .320 with 16 home runs, 62 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 83 games.

The exam revealed no structural damage in Braun's leg, only inflammation.

“More than anything, it’s nice to know what we’re dealing with,” Braun said. “We wanted to make sure there was nothing torn, nothing serious, that we’re not doing any long-term damage. Now we know how to attack it, I guess.”

“I’m not in pain or anything like that. It’s just that, unfortunately, I’m not able to do baseball activities. The goal is to minimize the time missed. It’s more beneficial to miss a little time now than a long time down the road.”

Braun said he wasn’t sure whether he’d be able to play in the upcoming four-game series against Cincinnati.

Braun did say if he can’t play against the Reds, he would pull out of the All-Star Game. He was voted by the fans for the fourth consecutive year to start in the National League outfield.

Last updated: 5:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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