LOS ANGELES -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Dodgers in the wake of his right Achilles' tendon flaring up after he slid into second base on Wednesday. Braun aggravated the injury Wednesday the same way he first sustained the injury on May 1 in San Diego -- jamming his foot hard into the base. "Last night he slid into second, and he felt it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When he originally did it, it was on a late slide on a steal."
Roenicke also said the decision to sit Braun was based more on keeping the 2011 National League MVP healthy for the long run. "If we can do that and make progress, then we'll do it occasionally," he said. "But you need to feel like you're making progress. If not, you have to change things around." Despite the injury, Braun leads the team with 10 stolen bases and is the only player in the Majors with at least 10 home runs (14) and 10 steals. Roenicke, though, wasn't expecting any sympathy from the Brewers' opponent Thursday. "They lost their best player, too," Roenicke said, referring to the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. Roenicke said Braun was available for pinch-hitting duties.