Braun, Lind out with tight lower backs

Braun, Lind out with tight lower backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers were without their top two run producers for the start of Monday's series opener against the Giants, with right fielder Ryan Braun and first baseman Adam Lind each sidelined by lower back tightness.

Braun was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the first pitch. Lind missed a second straight start, but expressed optimism before batting practice about returning to regular duty Tuesday night.

"This is not something I'm going to miss [significant] time with," Lind said. "I'm going to do full batting practice like if I was starting, and if it goes well, be able to pinch-hit and be able to play [Tuesday]."

Braun will be evaluated before Tuesday's game.

"He did something in batting practice," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He felt some pain in his back during batting practice and he wasn't able to go."

Braun (18 home runs) and Lind (16) are the only Brewers hitters with double-digit homers. Braun leads the team with 61 RBIs and Lind is second with 58 RBIs -- 16 more than second runner-up Carlos Gomez.

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