Braun gets another day to rest back; can pinch-hit

Braun gets another day to rest back; can pinch-hit

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Ryan Braun was held out of Wednesday's starting lineup rather than risk another recurrence of the back problems that have plagued him since last weekend.

Braun actually started Monday night, but was removed for a pinch-runner after limping noticeably following an eighth-inning double. He did not play at all in Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Phillies.

"It's a lot better, so we were debating whether to put him in there today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Wednesday night's game. "What I didn't want to happen was like we did two days ago when we put him and then I had to pull him out of the game. That's about where he was. I can use him off the bench today. Hopefully by doing this today, he'll be fine."

Roenicke said he hoped for Braun to return in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Phillies.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.