MILWAUKEE Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's neck was feeling better Sunday, but he wasn't in the lineup against Arizona.
The five-time All-Star was scratched from Friday's lineup after suffering a neck strain during batting practice and hasn't played since.
"As soon as I'm able to get to a point to where I have any chance to contribute and play, I'll be playing," Braun said Sunday. "It's a little bit better today than it was yesterday, so that's a good thing. I stay optimistic and stay positive, and it will eventually get better. I feel like I've been out for a week, and it's been less than 48 hours since I did it. Hopefully it gets better sooner rather than later."
It's a particularly tough time for Braun to be out of the lineup because Nos. 4 and 5 hitters Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart are on the disabled list with knee injuries. Missing his three, four and five hitters, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had shift his ...