Ryan Braun could wind up on the disabled list with a strained oblique

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Via Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could land on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Manager Ron Roenicke said that Braun “got to make a lot of progress to feel like we’re close to him playing.”

Outfielder Logan Schafer is likely to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, so Braun could take his place, and the DL stint could be backdated to April 27, the day after the last game in which he played. That would mean Braun could be activated for his club’s weekend series at home against the Yankees, assuming he feels healthy enough to play.

Aside from the oblique injury, Braun had also been hampered by a thumb issue that bothered him even last season. Nevertheless, Braun powered through the pain, posting a .952 OPS with six home runs and 18 RBI in 97 trips to the plate.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.