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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun was lifted from the Milwaukee Brewers' game Sunday for a pinch-hitter in the third inning because of persistent trouble with his sore right thumb.
Braun struck out in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. Logan Schafer batted for him in the third and took his spot in left field. Even without Braun, the Brewers proved to be too much for the Phillies, winning 9-1.
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.
"It wasn't real good to start the game and he wanted to play," Roenicke said of Braun's thumb. "But the first at-bat wasn't good again."
Roenicke said he would discuss the situation with general manager Doug Melvin as the team travels to Miami to begin a three-game series Monday against the Marlins.
"We need to get this thumb right and if he needs a day or two days, we'll do it, or if he needs a day (off) on either side of one of the off-days, we' ll do it," Roenicke said. "But we have to figure out how to get him back to where -- he's been productive, but he's not the Ryan Braun that we usually know."
Braun is hitting .304 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.