In the the worst kind of way, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun ended up having an eventful day on Saturday as his team beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3.
First Braun accidentally hit teammate Jean Segura in the face with his bat while warming up in the dugout. He then was forced to exit the game early as a concession to a right intercostal strain that now leaves him day to day. Joe DiGiovanni of MLB.com reports the following:
Ryan Braun felt pain in his right intercostal muscles and left the Brewers game against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning on a night when he accidentally struck teammate Jean Segura with his bat in the dugout. He’s listed as day to day with an intercostal strain.
Braun said he felt pain in the muscles Friday night and it flared up again Saturday night. The slugger bunted for a single in the seventh because of the pain and irritated it further when making a throw from deep right field on Mike Olt‘s single in the eighth inning.”
It seems likely that Braun will miss Sunday’s game and possibly one or two others as a proactive measure to try and keep him off the disabled list. Any injuries involving a player’s mid-section, to overgeneralize for a moment, tend to be a bit higher risk to force an extended DL stint. Here’s betting the Brewers will proceed with the appropriate caution.