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Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury.

Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the majors, missing 12 games last year on the way to the MVP award.

Jonathan Lucroy is also sitting out today’s game with a similar injury and Corey Hart is resting too, so Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gets a much easier matchup.

UPDATE: Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo has an interesting note. Last time Milwaukee’s lineup was without both Braun and Prince Fielder? April 18, 2007.

  1. papacrick - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Expect more injuries now that he’s off the testosterone

  2. dowhatifeellike - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I hear a good oral steroid will clear that right up.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      My apologies – for tightness in the chest it’s usually delivered via inhaler.

  3. amaninwhite - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Anxiety does the same thing to me every time.

  4. saints97 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    These new ‘roids mess you up quicker than the old ‘roids.

  5. danielcp0303 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Probably just his conscience

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    *insert lame, overused PED joke her*

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    *insert lame, overused PED joke here*

    • SOBEIT - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Insert same post multiple times here…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        Thought I caught it in time.

        edit button > stop button

  8. ccad05 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Probably just too emotionally fragile to handle the boo-birds at wrigley 3 days in a row. Poor little fella

    • ezthinking - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      That, or he thought he’d give the Cubs a chance to win a game against the Brewers.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    The manager certainly has more information than I do, but I never understood why managers rest their best players in bunches. Fine, Braun is out today, so why give Hart a day off today? St. Louis has Beltran, Berkman and Freese all out for this game.

    Maybe none of them can play, but it seems like managers like to give regulars a few ‘bench buddies’ when they do get their day of rest.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Well Braun wasnt going to get a day off but they had to because of tightness. Seeing as Hart is barely a month removed from knee surgery it only makes sense to give him a day off when playing a say game after a night game. And Lucroy woke up tight as well so Indont think its about giving buddies as much as protecting the health pf his best players in a season only 5 games old.

  10. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Braun Bashers have a long road ahead of them. Too bad as their originality stinks.

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