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Brewers’ Braun lands on DL with left calf strain

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The Brewers have put star outfielder Ryan Braun on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain, the team announced.

Braun had an MRI on his calf Thursday, two days after he felt it “tighten up” during the Brewers’ win Tuesday against the Red Sox and “worsen” in their game Wednesday against the Sox before leaving int he bottom of the fifth inning, according to Oliver Macklin of MLB.com. The injury was the second one for Braun in a week after he had a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow.

A six-time All-Star and the NL MVP in 2011, Braun is batting .287 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 27 games for the Brewers this season. Last year, got back to being one of the best hitters in baseball last season by slashing .305/.365/.538 with 30 homers and 91 RBI.

Despite Braun’s injury, there are still discussions that he may be traded to the Dodgers, who are “still in the driver’s seat” to acquire him, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The 33-year-old Braun is in the second year of his five-year, $105 million contract with Milwaukee, but he is set to be a 10-and-5 player on Sunday and Heyman says “that may be the only place he’d approve leaving Milwaukee for.” He is making $20 million this season and in 2018.

The Dodgers did just lose Andrew Toles to a torn ACL this season, but they have received a big boost from rookie Cody Bellinger, making the need for Braun not necessary just yet.