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Apr 26, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) reacts after striking out in the second inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

MRI reveals Ryan Braun has an oblique injury



Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun was forced to sit out Sunday's game against the Cubs due to what was reported, at the time, as an intercostal (ribcage area) strain. Instead, an MRI Monday revealed that Braun actually has a strained oblique muscle, the Brewers told reporters (Adam McCalvy among them).

There's no word yet as to the severity of Braun's injury, but as we've seen many times in recent years, oblique injuries usually result in stints on the disabled list and take a few weeks to heal.

Braun, 30, is hitting .318/.361/.591 (162 OPS+) with four doubles, six homers and 18 RBI in 22 games so far this season.

Elian Herrera played right field in Braun's absence Sunday. Logan Schafer is on a rehab assignment as he looks to return from a hamstring injury and he could eventually serve as Braun's replacement -- should Braun need a DL stint, which isn't a sure thing right now.


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