Manager Ron Roenicke told us this morning that he expects left fielder Ryan Braun back from his slight groin strain on Friday, when the Brewers begin a big three-game series in Cincinnati.

Braun exited the game Tuesday night in the seventh inning after tweaking a groin strain earlier that has been bothering him off and on throughout the season. With a scheduled off day Thursday, Roenicke can give Braun the day off and he will get two days of rest before Cincinnati.

"I always think that way if I have to take a guy out in the middle of a game," said Roenicke. "(Trainer) Dan (Wright) had contact with him early this morning and he still felt it.

"Even thought we need him in there against these guys, if he can't do it and with the off day tomorrow, he should be good for Cincinnati. Usually when he has these little things and we can give him a day, and if we have an off day connected with it, it usually goes away and he's OK. I don't think it's anything big."