Ryan Braun returned from a three-game absence due to a tight hamstring to once again put the squeeze on the Philadelphia Phillies. Braun will bid to power the visiting Milwaukee Brewers to back-to-back wins on Wednesday night in the third contest of the four-game series against the Phillies.
Braun belted a two-run shot as Milwaukee snapped a three-game skid with a 6-1 victory on Tuesday, boosting his home run total to 14 to go along with a .406 batting average and 43 RBIs in 36 career contests at Citizens Bank Park. Celebrated prospect Keston Hiura collected two hits in his major league debut before making his first out on a sliding catch by Bryce Harper in the sixth inning that left the former National League Most Valuable Player with a bit of a limp. Undaunted, Harper ended the frame with another sliding catch for his third defensive gem of the series, although his offensive numbers have tumbled to the point that he is leading the majors with 56 strikeouts -- including 20 multi-strikeout performances. "I don't love strikeouts offensively, but I think strikeouts -- when they're balanced out with a high walk rate -- are OK," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said of Harper, who reportedly was nursing a sore knee after Tuesday's game.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (4-3, 3.78)
Gonzalez pieced together his third strong outing since agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract with Milwaukee, scattering two hits over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-0 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The Phillies are very familiar to the 33-year-old, who spent parts of seven seasons with NL East-rival Washington. Jean Segura (8-for-15) has flustered Gonzalez, although the hurler has done the same to Rhys Hoskins (0-for-9, four strikeouts) and Maikel Franco (1-for-24).
Arrieta admitted to making three mistakes in his last outing, and those miscues resulted in three homers in a start for the first time in nearly four years in Thursday's 5-1 setback at Kansas City. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award recipient has been taken deep eight times in his last seven starts. Lorenzo Cain (5-for-9) and Hernan Perez (7-for-19) have gotten under the skin of Arrieta, who sports an 8-6 mark with a 3.22 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 17 career meetings with Milwaukee.
1. Philadelphia 2B Cesar Hernandez has 12 hits -- including two homers -- to go along with seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last nine games.
2. Milwaukee 1B Jesus Aguilar has five RBIs and four runs scored during his eight-game hitting streak.
3. Segura is 7-for-22 with three RBIs and three runs scored during his five-game hitting streak.
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- BATTING 1 Aaron Wilkerson #56 | RP
- HOMERUNS 19 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- RUNS BATTED IN 41 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- STOLEN BASES 9 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 19.286 Jay Jackson #25 | RP
- WINS 6 Brandon Woodruff #53 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 50 Travis Shaw #21 | 3B
- SAVES 12 Josh Hader #71 | RP
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- ForearmEarly June | 10-day IL
Velasquez has been designated to the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm. It is anticipated that he will likely be away from the field until at least the early portion of June.
- ForearmEarly June | 60-day IL
Hunter is sidelined with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined until the early part of June.
- ElbowEarly June | 10-day IL
Arano has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, and he is likely to remain idle until at least the start of June.
- BicepEarly June | 10-day IL
Ramos is on the 10-day injured list due to right biceps tendinitis and is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of June.
- GroinEarly June | 10-day IL
Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a Grade 2 right groin strain. It is anticipated that he will be out of action until at least the beginning of June.
- ElbowEarly July | 10-day IL
Robertson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, and he is expected to be away from the field until at least the beginning of July.
- HamstringQues Sun | 10-day IL
Kingery has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return Sunday against the Rockies.
- KneeProb Wed | probable
Harper is battling soreness in his left knee, but it is expected that he will take the field Wednesday against the Brewers.
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- BackQues Fri | questionable
Yelich has been held out of the previous two games with back spasms, and it is uncertain if he will be in Friday's lineup versus the Phillies.
- WristQues Mon | 10-day IL
Shaw has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist strain. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Monday's contest against the Twins.
- HamstringEarly June | 10-day IL
Pina has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain but is expected to return during the first week of June.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Nelson is on the 10-day injured list while recuperating from shoulder surgery and is likely to remain out of commission until the early part of June.
- KneeOut Wed | out
Braun will not take the field against the Reds on Wednesday as he is dealing with knee discomfort.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Aguilar is unlikely to participate in Tuesday's game against the Reds due to a day of rest.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Braun is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Braves as he likely will be given the day to rest.
- FingerProb Sat | probable
Anderson has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a right middle finger laceration. He is projected to make his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday.
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