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The Brewers announced this morning that outfielder Ryan Braun has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 27th with his nagging oblique injury. Corresponding, Logan Schafer has been activated from the 15-day disabled list as he has recovered from his hamstring injury.
Ron Roenicke hinted yesterday that this move was likely coming as he stated that Ryan Braun would need to show “significant improvement” to see game time and avoid the disabled list. Obviously, Braun is still unable to go so the move had to be made.
The Brewers will have to continue to figure out to win games without their star slugging right fielder. With the recent slumps that Aramis Ramirez, Khris Davis, and Jean Segura have been in, runs have been hard to come by in games while the pitching has been absolutely brilliant. (Knocks on wood). Jonathan Lucroy has been the primary number three hitter in the lineup during Braun’s absence.
Ryan Braun is eligible to return off the disabled list on May 12th. Braun will miss the rest of the Reds series, miss both series against the DBacks and Yankees, and could potentially miss a few against the Pirates if his oblique doesn’t improve. With Gomez’s appeal hearing looming for his possible suspension, the Brewers may have to go with a Schafer-Davis-Gindl outfield against the New York Yankees.
I’d rather deal with this DL stint now as a contending team with the best record in baseball than worry about these injuries later on in the season. Good to get this stuff out of the way now.