Braun still out, sent for more tests

Still experiencing soreness in his left calf, All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun saw the Brewers’ head doctor on Wednesday for a battery of tests that would include an MRI scan, manager Ron Roenicke said.

Braun missed his fourth consecutive start with an injury he sufferered breaking out of the batter’s box in Minnesota on Saturday. Braun is hoping to get healthy not just for the Brewers’ final series of the first half against the Reds, but for next week, when he is scheduled to start his fourth consecutive All-Star Game.

“We’re going to check it out and make sure everything is OK. It may be a couple more days, I don’t know,” Roenicke said. “Talking to Roger [Caplinger, the team’s head athletic trainer], Roger doesn’t think it’s anything big. But sometimes it goes on longer than we expected.”

Roenicke won’t play Braun until he is pain-free. It’s extremely difficult to imagine any scenario in which Braun’s first game back is the All-Star Game.

The Brewers had hoped to have Braun back in the lineup by now. He participated in batting practice on Tuesday afternoon to test his leg but was deemed a no-go.

“I think he put a lot of effort in to see if he could go yesterday, so he feels it a little bit more,” Roenicke said. “But I think also the reason he feels it is he really didn’t do anything [Sunday and Monday]. Any time when you start up again, even BP, then it’s probably going to be a little bit sore.”


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