Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/9/13
MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun left Sunday's game against Philadelphia in the bottom of the third inning with right thumb soreness. With the Brewers leading 4-0, Logan Schafer pinch hit for Braun in the third inning. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before the game that Braun's right thumb injury is really bothering him. "We've got to figure out what to do there," Roenicke said before the game. "We've got to start going in the right direction with him, and sometimes it's not." As the thumb injury lingers, could Braun be headed to the 15-day disabled list? "I'm hoping we don't have to (place him on the disabled list), but we start making gains and he says, 'Yeah, I feel really good today,' and then all of a sudden it's a bad day and a setback. "We keep (having) this back and forth. He's out there playing, hitting third for us, and I expect the Braun that I've seen for the last two years, and he's not the same. He's still getting hits, he's still helping us win games, but he's not that guy that can carry a team like I know he can." After striking out in his lone at-bat Sunday, Braun is hitting .304 with nine home runs and 36 RBI, but he hasn't had a home run in 65 plate appearances and has admitted to having to change his swing because of the painful thumb. Roenicke noted before Sunday's game he had a plan in place for Braun on the upcoming nine-game road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Houston, but plans could change after Braun had to leave Sunday's game. The Brewers are in a tough spot with their number three and four hitters playing, but not themselves because of nagging injuries. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez needs time off every few days as his sprained left knee isn't 100 percent. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter
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