While there's been no definitive decision made to this point, there's a chance Ryan Braun will be held out of all three of the Milwaukee Brewers' games against the Miami Marlins to open the team's nine-game, 11-day road trip. "It’s possible," Braun said. "I don’t think anything’s set in stone. But it’s possible." Braun left Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park in the third inning after aggravating his injured right hand, with Logan Schafer replacing him both in that game and tonight at Marlins Park. There is precedent for Braun being held out a chunk of games, as he did so in the second series of the season when he was dealing with neck spasms. The Brewers went on to lose all three of those games. If he took all three games off in Miami, the Brewers then have Thursday off before opening a weekend series in Cincinnati. "We’ve talked about it," manager Ron Roenicke said about Braun possibly being held out for the series. "We’ll kind of see how it goes. There’s a chance that to get him right, we may have to do that." Roenicke said Braun will be available to pinch hit tonight, even though he didn't take batting practice. To use him, the skipper will have to weigh risk versus reward in this game and potentially any others he sits out to try and keep the hand from flaring up any worse. "He’s available if we have to use him," he said. "Then it becomes a decision whether I think the one at-bat has a chance to set him back, and how important the at-bat is." Braun said pinch hitting in previous games he was not in the starting lineup does irritate his hand. "There have been a couple times where I’ve taken a day," he said. "But the first time I had a day off, I pinch hit. The next time I took a single day. I’m not going to take BP today. I’m going to try to not do anything that irritates it, and we’ll see where we’re at tomorrow and over the next couple days. "But it’s definitely at the point to where we need to get it back to close to being healthy, and I need to get to the point to where I can take a regular swing." Has the disabled list been discussed as a possibility? "We'll wait and see what happens," Roenicke said. "We haven't talked about doing that yet. Hopefully it won't come to that."
Will Ryan Braun sit out entire series in Miami?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jun 10