MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun is out of the lineup for the second consecutive game due to back spasms.
Braun's back first flared up during batting practice prior to last Saturday's game in Cincinnati and was forced to leave the game in the second inning. He missed Sunday's series finale with the Reds but was back in Milwaukee's lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After hitting a double in the eighth inning Monday, Braun was removed for a pinch runner after it was clear he had aggravated the injury by the way he ran to second base.
Braun felt better Wednesday than he did Tuesday, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke doesn't want to have to pull the right fielder early if the back flares up.
"Hopefully obviously as soon as possible," Braun said of a potential return. "I'm available; I was available last night. The challenge is getting it to a point to where it's not going to revert back to where it was (Tuesday). I'm optimistic I'll get back in there as soon as p...