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Ryan Braun is hurting right now

Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Ryan Braun AP AP

Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers’ lineup last night against the Pirates after sitting out Thursday’s game with tightness in his right Achilles tendon, but he’s still hurting.

Braun aggravated his Achilles and strained his right hip after after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game at first, but was eventually replaced by Norichika Aoki in left field in the eighth inning.

According to the Associated Press, Braun acknowledged that he’s risking further injury by attempting to stay in the lineup, but he also made it pretty clear that he has no plans to take a break.

“The danger in trying to play through an injury constantly is it’s easy to re-irritate it,” Braun said. “Your body also compensates so it’s easy to hurt something else. I don’t think it’s too bad, but it doesn’t feel too good right now.”

“Pretty much any injury you have during the year doesn’t go away when you play every day,” Braun said. “The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.”

Braun went 1-for-3 last night and is hitting .310/.394/.603 with 14 homers, 36 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a .998 OPS over 49 games this season. While he hasn’t skipped a beat amid the controversy of his overturned PED suspension, the Brewers will enter play this evening 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Reds in the NL Central at 23-29.

UPDATE: Braun is not in tonight’s lineup.

  1. oltanya - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Is he playing Twister?

  2. Pierre Cruzatte - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    “Ryan Braun is really hurtin’ right now, you guys.”

    (Fixed it for you.)

  3. xmatt0926x - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I’m not getting this. It’s known he has an achilles strain and their solution is to keep running him out there until it pops or he damages other parts of his leg in an effort to compensate for the sore achilles? Makes sense.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Give the guy 3 days off so you don’t have to give him 15.

  5. kjkulsrud - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Can’t he just pop some of that stuff he didn’t get suspended for and feel better in a day or so?

    • nightman13 - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Yup, he was clearly on PED’s last year because his performance dropped off so much this year. What it hasn’t? Even with Prince gone? Even with 4 other starters hurt?

  6. phillyphever - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Dear Braun,

    Take a lesson from a former NL MVP and go on the DL and rest that heel before you end up like me.


    Ryan Howard.

    • jwbiii - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Really. Howard had his surgery in mid-October and has missed 7 1/2 months.

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