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Braun exits finale with right oblique soreness

ATLANTA - Ryan Braun left after the fourth inning of Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Braves with right oblique soreness. Elian Herrera pinch-hit for Braun in the top of the fifth and played right field.

"Oblique soreness," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It was concern that he was going to hurt it."

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Braun came off the disabled list on May 13 after missing 14 games due to a right ribcage strain he suffered on April 26. He is batting .212 (7-for-33) in eight games since his return, and hit .133 (2-for-15) with a double, a solo home run and two strikeouts in the four-game series in Atlanta.

Milwaukee recalled Herrera from Triple-A Nashville the same day they activated Braun from the DL. Herrera entered Thursday night batting .250 (11-for-44) with a walk and 16 strikeouts in two separate Major League stints this season.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for

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