Bad news for Aguilar, Periard

The dreaded oblique strain strikes again.

This time it has afflicted right-hander Omar Aguilar, who was added to the 40-man roster over the winter and is a candidate to close games for Nashville. Aguilar has been shut down with a strained muscle in his side, an ailment that has sidelined the likes of Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman and starter Braden Looper this spring.

There is no timetable for his return to the mound, according to assistant GM Gord Ash.

Ash also said that Alex Periard, another right-hander added to the roster during the offseason, received a cortisone injection earlier this week because of lingering soreness in his right shoulder. The injury prevented Periard from participating in big league camp, and he was formally optioned to Double-A Huntsville on March 16.

“If he doesn’t react well to the shot, we’ll probably have to do a scope,” said Ash, referring to a surgical procedure to determine the precise nature of Periard’s injury.

In brighter Minor League news, left fielder Ryan Braun and infielder Craig Counsell got three plate appearances apiece in the Triple-A game on Saturday and were no worse for the wear. Braun, of course, is still fighting a strained muscle at the back of his ribcage and Counsell has been slowed by swelling in his right knee.

Braun will play again in Minor League camp on Sunday.

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