Braun bruises quad against Padres

Brewers slugger exits opener early as a precaution

Braun bruises quad against Padres

SAN DIEGO -- A first-inning collision on Monday night led to a seventh-inning exit for Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, who said he hoped to be back in the lineup when a series against the Padres continues Tuesday at Petco Park.

Braun took a knee to the left quadriceps from Padres first baseman Jake Goebbert as Goebbert reached for a wide throw and Braun legged out an infield single at the start of the Brewers' 10-1 win. Braun remained in the game to collect three hits including his 17th home run, but with the bases loaded and the Padres working on a rout in the seventh inning, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke replaced Braun with backup outfielder Gerardo Parra.

"I didn't want to come out; I was OK," Braun said. "Just a little banged up. It was pretty painful knee-to-knee contact. It didn't feel good for me and I know it didn't feel good for him, either. It was kind of one of those fluke plays that happens from time to time."

Braun compared the sensation to a charley horse.

"Some swelling; kind of feels like I got hit by a pitch," Braun said. "But hopefully I'll be OK."

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