Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

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Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury.

Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the majors, missing 12 games last year on the way to the MVP award.

Jonathan Lucroy is also sitting out today’s game with a similar injury and Corey Hart is resting too, so Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gets a much easier matchup.

UPDATE: Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo has an interesting note. Last time Milwaukee’s lineup was without both Braun and Prince Fielder? April 18, 2007.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.