Braun sitting out exhibition games with groin injuryWisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun will sit out until at least Friday with tightness in his right groin. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun’s been hurting for a few days, and the got tighter yesterday. The skipper said it’s why Braun has not been running hard in recent games.
PHOENIX - Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun will sit out until at least Friday with tightness in his right groin. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun’s been hurting for a few days, and the got tighter yesterday. The skipper said it’s why Braun has not been running hard in recent games.
He was scratched from yesterday’s exhibition, which the Brewers lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in Glendale, Arizona. He’ll also sit out today, when the Brewers play Arizona. Tomorrow’s an off-day, and Roenicke says he’ll see how Braun’s feeling on Friday before deciding if he’ll play then. Braun has only had one hit in 17 at-bats this spring, as he deals with the fallout from the successful appeal of his positive drug test from last fall.
Chris Narveson gave up three runs in the first inning, but he settled down after that and tossed three scoreless frames. Marco Estrada gave up a pair of runs in both the fifth-and-sixth innings, including a two-run homer by Andre Ethier. Nyjer Morgan went 2-for-3 for Milwaukee, with a double and a walk.
Yovani Gallardo will make his fourth exhibition start today, when the Milwaukee Brewers play Arizona at the Diamondbacks’ spring home in Scottsdale. Gallardo is 1-1 this month, with an ERA of almost four-and-a-third. Arizona will send right-hander Daniel Hudson to the mound. He’s 1-0 with an ERA of four. Milwaukee is 7-10-1 in the Cactus League, after losing by a run to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday. Meanwhile, Jose Veras is making a bid to become Milwaukee’s seventh inning relief specialist this year. Former Brewers Takashi Saito and LaTroy Hawkins shared the role in latter part of 2011. Manager Ron Roenicke says the coaches like what they see from the 31-year-old Veras – and he’s keeping the ball down while sharpening his various pitches. Veras retired three straight hitters in the sixth inning on Monday, while preserving a one-run lead over Texas in a 5-3 victory. Veras was traded from Pittsburgh as part of the deal that sent Casey McGehee to the Pirates. Veras made 79 appearances last year, with a 3.80 ERA and a 2-4 record. Roenicke says Veras is durable. He’s been in six games this spring for Milwaukee with an ERA of three.