Ryan Braun Injury: Updates on Brewers Star's Oblique and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, May 24

The Brewers reveal Ryan Braun has returned to the lineup:

Updates from Tuesday, May 13

The Milwaukee Brewers have updated Ryan Braun's status via the team's Twitter account:

Braun was also added to the starting lineup (via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com):

Updates from Monday, May 12

Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports when fans could expect Ryan Braun to be removed from the disabled list: 

Updates from Sunday, May 11

Ryan Braun continues to rehab as he approaches a return to the Brewers' lineup (via Joe Block of the Milwaukee Brewers):

Updates from Saturday, May 10

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an update on Ryan Braun's injury:

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides an update on Ryan Braun's status from Ron Roenicke:

"He says he feels good," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He hit [Tuesday] in the cage again, said he felt good. He thinks he's going to be ready in time."

Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Milwaukee has the latest news on Braun's progress:

Updates from Saturday, May 3

The Brewers' official Twitter feed has the latest on Braun, and the news isn't good:  

Updates from Friday, May 2

The Brewers' official Twitter feed reports bad news on Braun's status:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Todd Rosiak had more on Braun's status:

Updates from Thursday, May 1

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com confirms Ryan Braun's status for today's game:

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports Ryan Braun is out of the lineup today:

McCalvy also had the latest on Braun's potential return:

Updates from Monday, April 28

Ryan Braun is not in Milwaukee's lineup tonight, the team confirmed on its Twitter account:

Braun later updated his status (via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com):

Updates from Sunday, April 27

The Brewers confirm Ryan Braun will not play today:

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The baseball gods can be fickle beasts sometimes. On the same night that he sent teammate Jean Segura to the clubhouse, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun left Saturday's 5-3 win against the Chicago Cubs with an intercostal strain:

He finished 1-for-4 in the win before making way for Elian Herrera in the ninth inning.

That, of course, came after Braun accidentally hit Segura in the face while swinging his bat in the dugout, thus making the night doubly bad for the Brewers, despite picking up the victory.

Braun will no doubt be frustrated with the news. He's answered his critics extremely well in 2014, boasting a slash line of .321/.366/.607, and has hit six home runs and driven in 18 runs. When you're hitting that well, you don't want to take any time out of the lineup.

After Saturday's win, Milwaukee ran its record to 18-6 and opened a 5.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. However, taking two starters out of their batting order is bound to affect their performance on the field. Depending on how long Braun and Segura are out, the Brewers' hot start may go cold very soon.