SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ryan Braun is out of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup for Friday night's series opener with San Francisco, two days after the reigning NL MVP left the game at San Diego in the sixth inning with a sore right Achilles tendon.
Manager Ron Roenicke says the slugger and left fielder could be available off the bench if he does fine handling pregame baseball activities. Roenicke wasn't sure whether Braun would start in Saturday afternoon's game with the Giants, and listed him as day to day.
Braun underwent treatment in the training room before the game and wasn't available to discuss his injury. Braun, who hit three homers, a triple and had six RBIs in Monday's 8-3 win over the Padres, said he got hurt sliding into second base Tuesday night.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo defied the knee surgery odds when he returned from a torn ligament in less than five months.
Gallardo was 22 at the time he got hurt in 2008 -- a far cry from Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at age 42. Gallardo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee May 1, 2008, and made a remarkable recovery to start again Sept. 25, 2008, -- then took the ball in the Brewers' playoff opener to boot.
While it's a different scenario from Rivera's devastating ACL tear and meniscus injury in his right knee suffered shagging fly balls during batting practice Thursday, Gallardo believes Rivera is in good enough shape to rebound from the injury in fast fashion. Rivera vows to play again by 2013 and not retire.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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