Braun expects to return right after All-Star break



MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun is disappointed he won’t be able to play in the All-Star game, and expects to return from a lingering calf injury when the Milwaukee Brewers resume the season in Colorado on Thursday.

Braun was not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati and has missed the past seven games with a left calf strain. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says Braun would be available as a pinch hitter Sunday, but likely only in a critical situation.

Braun says he will participate in All-Star festivities but will not play in Tuesday’s game. He says he’s disappointed about missing out on an “incredible experience” but is focused on getting healthy.