Davis downplays forearm issue, but power lacking

Davis downplays forearm issue, but power lacking

MILWAUKEE -- A sore right forearm might help explain Brewers left fielder Khris Davis' recent drop in power production.

Manager Ron Roenicke said he needed to give the 26-year-old Davis a day off Thursday in an effort to have the slugger come back strong for the team's remaining 15 regular-season games. Davis leads the Brewers with 22 home runs, and he entered Thursday tied for sixth in the National League with 60 extra-base hits, but had only two homers and four extra-base hits in his past 15 games.

Davis characterized the forearm issue as minor.

"He's been fighting it and going out there every day and doing a great job," Roenicke said. "I hated to get him out of there, but I also know I had to give him a day somewhere.

"I haven't seen it [affect Davis' play] but he tells me what he does when it bothers him. Hopefully this will help. It's hard enough to hit and be consistent when you're always fighting something physically. He's done such a great job, I would like him to have the opportunity to finish up that way."

While Davis sat out, right fielder Ryan Braun returned to action after missing two starts with his right thumb injury.

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