|2013 Regular Season|
Braun had missed four games resting a sore right thumb and it didn't hold up well in batting practice on Friday.
Braun struck out in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. Logan Schaefer batted for him in the third and took his spot in left field. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before the game he hoped to avoid putting Braun on the disabled list. But Roenicke acknowledged that Braun has had setbacks with the thumb as he has played through the soreness.
Braun last drove in that many in a single game on April 22.
Braun, batting .326, is 28 for 71 (.394) in his last 18 games and has hit safely in all but one.
Braun, hitting .316 this season, is 19 for 47 (.404) during his streak.
Braun is 18 for 43 (.419) during the streak with five extra-base hits.
Braun is 5 for 10 in the first two games of the series against the Pirates and has raised his average from .257 to .286.
Braun has homered in three of his last four games and has five with 16 RBIs on the season.
The Brewers waited to finalize their starters until Braun got a chance to take batting practice before Monday's game at the Chicago Cubs. The 2011 NL MVP looked just fine in the cage, so Milwaukee put him back in left field and in his usual No. 3 spot in the batting order. While Braun returned to the lineup, shortstop Jean Segura was out with a bruised left quadriceps. He was injured during Sunday's 8-7, 11-inning loss to Arizona.
Braun, who faced what arguably was a much darker cloud on the subject of performance enhancing drugs a year ago, said simply that he stands behind a statement he issued earlier. He pledged complete cooperation with any investigation of Biogenesis of America, a now-defunct company alleged to have supplied performance enhancing substances to Alex Rodriguez and several other noted players.
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