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Ryan Braun rejoins the Brewers lineup batting fifth for the first time since 2008

Jul 10, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Ryan Braun has returned to the Brewers’ lineup after exiting Saturday’s game and then sitting out two straight games with back spasms. And in a little twist, manager Ron Roenicke has Braun batting fifth in the order.

Braun has hit exclusively second (37 times) or third (32 times) in the lineup this season and has a grand total of just three career starts in the fifth spot, all of them coming 2008.

Roenicke indicated that part of the reason for the change is that Braun has missed lots of time with injuries and he’d prefer not to have to juggle the top of the lineup constantly.

Braun has hit .291 with 11 homers in 69 games for an .853 OPS that would be the lowest of his eight-year career.

  1. barkleyblows - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Good. The cheat is back

    • maddog11896 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      The thing that kills me is Braun tested positive for a BANNED SUBSTANCE that was NOT a PED and everyone treats him like he’s Satan. Take a look over at football, Ray Lewis killed someone and he’s one of the most decorated and respected players of all time. Go figure

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