Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was once again out of the lineup yesterday, marking the third consecutive game the slugger has missed due to a neck injury.
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Braun was initially scratched from Friday's lineup after he experienced neck spasms. He's since been held out of action on Saturday and Sunday due to the ailment. Milwaukee isn't considering the injury a serious concern, but they do want to make sure Braun is fully recovered before he rejoins the lineup.
Braun old reporters that his neck felt better yesterday than it had on Friday and Saturday. Still, it remains unclear when the outfielder will be able to return to action.
In place of Braun, the Brewers have used outfielders Khris Davis -- unfortunately not Chris Davis -- and Logan Schafer. The duo has combined to collect two hits over the past three games, while striking out six times. Braun had four hits -- including a double and home run -- along with four RBI over his first three games of the season.
Braun's absence has only attributed to the Brewers' slow start, as the team has lost five of its first six contests to open the new campaign. Milwaukee hopes to have Braun back at some point during their series against the Chicago Cubs, which begins this afternoon.