The Brewers waited a week for Ryan Braun’s oblique to stop acting up. They played Elian Herrera and Mark Reynolds in right field while they waited. They only used Braun as a pinch-hitting decoy, and effectively played with one man on the bench when Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez also missed time with day-to-day injuries. With Logan Schafer ready to come off the disabled list and the oblique still keeping Braun out of the lineup, the Brewers couldn’t wait on Braun’s oblique any longer — Schafer is taking Braun’s place on the roster, and Braun is back on the disabled list.
The Brewers’ offense has struggled without Braun, scoring just 18 runs in the past six games. Part of that is also due to missing Segura and Ramirez for a handful of games during the week, but any offense is going to struggle when you take the biggest bat out of the lineup. By having Schafer join Caleb Gindl, who was just called up Friday, the Brewers at least regain some flexibility in the outfield.
Braun’s move to the DL is retroactive to Sunday, meaning he could be back for the Brewers’ series against Pittsburgh, which starts May 13. Braun originally hurt his oblique making a throw from the outfield. In his next at-bat, he dropped down a bunt for a hit because he was unable to swing the bat.
It’s worth noting that the Brewers could find themselves in a bit of a roster bind again next weekend against the Yankees. Braun’s DL stint will take him at least through that series, and Carlos Gomez’s suspension appeal will be heard on May 9th, the first day of the three-game set against New York. If Gomez’s appeal is denied, the Brewers will have to go the entire three-game series with Schafer, Gindl and Khris Davis serving as the team’s only three legitimate outfielders.