Braun, Brewers encouraged by results of MRI

Right fielder expects to return to lineup soon after straining right rib cage

Braun, Brewers encouraged by results of MRI

MILWAUKEE -- An MRI scan of Ryan Braun's right rib-cage strain provided the Brewers with hope Tuesday that the outfielder will avoid the sort of extended absence that often accompanies core injuries.

Braun was absent from the starting lineup against the Rockies on Tuesday, but he threw in the outfield during batting practice, took swings in the cage and said, "It's something between sore and tight, but not something that's a significant injury. From that perspective, I feel very fortunate."

Braun was hurt making a catch of Justin Morneau's fly ball to right field in the fourth inning, and he exited the game in the sixth. The Brewers had a former Gold Glove Award winner in reserve in Gerardo Parra, and after finishing Monday's game, Parra started in right field on Tuesday.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun could be back in the lineup as early as Wednesday.

"Like I said to you guys, a lot of times you know more the following day that you irritate or injure something, and I woke up today feeling better than I did yesterday," Braun said. "I got an MRI and obviously am encouraged by the results. Hopefully it's something that's only a day or two instead of what the alternative could have been."

Last season, Braun spent two weeks of May on the disabled list with a right rib-cage strain.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.