Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness


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.

The Milwaukee Brewers perform “The Sandlot”

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A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”

The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.

The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.