Ryan Braun moves into first on Brewers’ franchise home run list, passing Robin Yount

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Ryan Braun slugged his 252nd career home run on Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins, taking over sole possession of first place on the Brewers’ franchise home run list …

Hall of Famer Robin Yount racked up 251 home runs in 20 years with the Brewers. Braun, 31, is in his ninth year with Milwaukee. Yount spoke to MLB.com’ Adam McCalvy on Wednesday evening …

Carlos Martínez to pitch out of bullpen upon return from injured list

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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said pitcher Carlos Martínez will work out of the bullpen when he returns from the injured list, The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports. Shildt noted that the decision is based on Martínez’s needs rather than the team’s needs, which suggests he may not yet have the strength to pitch as a starter.

Martínez, 27, opened the season on the injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. The right-hander was also injured last year, battling lat and oblique injuries. He will go to extended spring training and likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Based on that time frame, Martínez should be activated around mid-May.

Last year, Martínez made 18 starts and 15 relief appearances, posting a 3.11 ERA with five saves and a 117/60 K/BB ratio across 118 2/3 innings. It is unclear what role(s) Martínez will have in the bullpen, but he could eventually help set up for closer Jordan Hicks.