Monday, August 18, 2008

Too Soon?

Probably.

After striking out swinging to end the sixth inning, Braun lowered his head in obvious discomfort, walked to the dugout and back to the clubhouse. He was replaced in left field by Gabe Kapler.

After the game, Braun stopped only briefly and indicated he was OK, that it was "nothing." That's all he wanted to say.

Manager Ned Yost didn't seem interested in addressing the situation, either.

"It was getting tight after that last swing so I put (Gabe Kapler) in there," said Yost. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

So, we'll see what becomes of this. We knew an intercostal strain was something that might linger, and Braun might have come back before he was completely ready.

I italicized that last part because that was not all Braun's decision. It was in the team's best interest that he rest it a few more days, so he should have sat even if he wanted to play. While Braun played a big role Saturday and Sunday, an unhealthy Braun down the stretch can only hurt them.

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