CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Braun out with Achilles, hip issues

Braun out with Achilles, hip issues

Braun out with Achilles, hip issues
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Pirates with a tight right Achilles and a right hip strain, and manager Ron Roenicke said it's possible he could miss Sunday's series finale as well.

Roenicke indicated that it's time to solve the lingering leg issues that have dogged the Brewers' star player.

"We just need to figure it out where everybody's on the same page, and we can get him where he's 100 percent," Roenicke said. "And then we don't have to worry about any of this."

In the sixth inning of Friday's loss to Pittsburgh, Braun stole second and came up limping after an awkward slide. He remained in the game to run the bases, but was replaced in left field for the top of the eighth.

Bothered by the Achilles since May 1, when he injured it stealing his 100th career base, Braun reaggravated it sliding into second base on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He said he slid differently to avoid another flare up on Friday. Unfortunately, that led to the hip strain.

Roenicke said he's starting to see a theme, and hinted it might be time for Braun to stop putting himself in harm's way on the basepaths.

"We've had a lot of discussions about it," Roenicke said.

Can Roenicke put a red light on one of his players?

"Yeah, I can."

Has he?

"On occasion, I have."

Braun has 11 stolen bases on the year, but Roenicke seemed more intent on keeping his bat in the lineup. However, Braun -- who's hitting .310 with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs -- said it's a challenge for him to hold back.

"It's difficult to restrain myself from running, sliding, diving," Braun said. "When you're out there, you compete and adrenaline takes over, and it's not easy to play at 80 percent."

{}
{}