The three-time All-Star is putting up another excellent season, entering Friday batting .306 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. But Braun has been dealing with nagging pain in his left shoulder since Spring Training.
"It's just a little tightness in the shoulder that ends up traveling up the shoulder and into the neck, because you're kind of compensating for it," manager Ron Roenicke said. "A couple days off can get rid of it."
Coming off an off-day, Roenicke decided to give his star left fielder Friday night off, hoping to get his shoulder back to form.
"I kind of wanted him to take off Wednesday, and he wanted to play against the Reds, so we talked about today," Roenicke said. "We want to give him two days off back-to-back on the shoulder, and hopefully that gets him back to normal."
Braun got into the game Friday in the ninth inning, hitting his first career pinch-hit homer -- a two-run shot off Marlins closer Leo Nunez -- to give the Crew a 6-5 win.