Braun sits as Brewers' hit-by-pitch total rises

Braun sits as Brewers' hit-by-pitch total rises

Braun sits as Brewers' hit-by-pitch total rises
CINCINNATI -- Ryan Braun is the latest casualty of the Brewers' status as the runaway Major League leaders in being plunked.

Braun was out of Wednesday's lineup at Great American Ball Park after being struck on the left elbow by a Bronson Arroyo fastball the night before. It was the 44th time this season that a Brewers player had "worn" an opponent's pitch, most by far in baseball.

"I can't bend my arm," Braun said. "Hopefully it gets better. We'll see. Luckily, [Thursday] is an off-day."

Had it been a game day, Braun said he doubts he would have been able to play.

Brewers cleanup man Aramis Ramirez had a similar experience late last month after he was struck by a wayward pitch at Arizona. Ramirez spoke out the next day about the high rate at which Brewers batters have been hit by pitches this season.

Tampa Bay was a distant second to Milwaukee's 44 plunkings, with 33 entering Wednesday. The Cubs were second in the National League, at 26.

Braun has been hit seven times, most on the team. Some speculated before the season that Braun might be buzzed more often, both because of his offseason issues and because Prince Fielder is no longer lurking in the on-deck circle, but that theory did not apply on Tuesday -- Arroyo hit Braun on a full count with two outs.

"Just banged up again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Sometimes you get hit in a good spot and you can play the next day. But with the off-day [Thursday], I don't think it will be an issue for him."