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Ryan Braun’s MRI comes back clean

Jul 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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An MRI on Ryan Braun’s injured left calf showed only inflammation, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, and it’s possible the Brewers will have their left fielder back by Friday.

Braun hasn’t played since Saturday because of a strained left calf, and the Brewers have been hurting without him, though they did snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday thanks to a strong outing from Yovani Gallardo and Casey McGehee‘s first homer since May 20.

Mark Kotsay has been filling for Braun, with Corey Hart taking over as the team’s No. 3 hitter.

When Braun returns, he’ll be putting a 22-game hitting streak on the line.  The All-Star is batting .320/.402/.559 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 19 steals this season.

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