Ryan Braun makes quick return to disabled list


Ryan Braun’s return to the Brewers’ lineup did not last long.

The star outfielder returned from the 10-day disabled list May 21 against the Cubs, and found himself back on the shelf Friday afternoon.

The take: There are a few things to unpack here. Colorado has been riding a trio of very young pitchers — Kyle Freeland, 24, and Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez, both 22. Potential internal reinforcements are possible: Jon Gray (stress fracture in left foot) is expected back by mid-June and at some point so too might be a determined Chad Bettis (cancer treatment), the team’s winningest starter in 2016. The Rockies are entering a critical month. Despite getting off to the best start in Basketball Jerseys Custom franchise history, the Rockies (33-22, a half-game back of the Dodgers in the NL West entering play Thursday) have a history of putting the swoon in June.

A veteran addition could steady them all in a pennant race, but there won’t be a pennant race if Colorado plays to past form this month. If the Rockies are still hanging around by mid-July, then they definitely have the prospects to make a significant deal (Baseball America ranked their farm system the 10th in the majors entering the 2017 season). The last thing: This is a franchise that is much more used to being sellers than buyers at the deadline. On balance, third-year GM Jeff Bridich has pushed the right buttons (see: Bud Black, Greg Holland). He may need to push one more big one to get the Rockies into the Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys postseason for only the fourth time in Coors Field’s 25 seasons.

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