Ryan Braun was out of the Brewers’ starting lineup Friday after a flare-up of the oblique strain that sent him to the disabled list earlier this season.
The Milwaukee slugger was available off the bench against Miami, and manager Ron Roenicke said he hoped Braun would be back in the lineup by Sunday.
Braun left Thursday’s game at Atlanta in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right side.
He began the weekend hitting .289 with seven homers and 19 RBI, but was 4-for-23 on the Brewers’ current trip. Roenicke said the injury was probably a factor.
“He’s taking weirder swings than I’ve seen him take,” Roenicke said.
“If he’s taking bad swings, something is going on. ... Hopefully Saturday or the next day he’s good.”
DREW OPTIONED — Boston shortstop Stephen Drew will begin a stretch of what could be around 10 games in the minor leagues at Single-A Greenville.
The Red Sox optioned the recently signed infielder to the minor club Friday.
Drew agreed to re-sign with Boston on Tuesday, six months after he had rejected a qualifying offer from the World Series champions to become a free agent.
Boston manager John Farrell said Drew would spend four days with Greenville before joining either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. The plan is for Drew to get around 25 at-bats overall.
REDS ROSTER MOVES — The Reds revamped their bench for a series against the St. Louis Cardinals, calling up outfielder Donald Lutz and optioning infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.
They also had right fielder Jay Bruce back in the starting lineup for the series opener. Bruce had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on May 5.
The Reds still are missing first baseman Joey Votto, on the disabled list with a strained muscle above his left knee.
ON THE MEND — White Sox slugger Jose Abreu expects to be ready to return from his ankle injury as soon as he’s eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. Tops in the majors with 15 homers, the rookie from Cuba sees no “reason why” he won’t be able to play by then. … The Pittsburgh Pirates activated closer Jason Grilli off the disabled list and optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli hasn’t pitched since straining his left oblique in late April. … Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock was scratched from his scheduled start against the Seattle Mariners after experiencing stiffness in his forearm. Left-hander Rudy Owens was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and schedule to make his major-league debut.
PROMOTION — The Blue Jays selected the contract of Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Buffalo and will give the Australian right-hander his first start of the season against the Oakland A’s, owners of the best record in the majors.