MILWAUKEE -- The last time Ryan Braun was struck in the left elbow by a wayward pitch, it took him weeks to be productive again. The Brewers are hoping for a quicker recovery this time.
Braun was struck just above his left elbow by a Sam LeCure pitch in Wednesday's win against the Reds and exited along with a handful of other Brewers regulars with the team ahead by 12 runs. Braun has 94 RBIs and would like to reach 100, but head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger deemed him unavailable to start Thursday's series opener against the Marlins.
"I came in and asked Roger, and he said [Braun] is doubtful," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He's in the training room and they're working on him. Hopefully he can get back in there for us."
The LeCure plunking conjured memories of May 10, when Atlanta's Tommy Hanson hit Braun near the same spot. Braun returned three days later but batted .214 (9-for-42) over his first 10 games back, with one home run and two RBIs. Beginning Friday, the Brewers have 10 games remaining in 2010.