Ryan Braun hurting

Braun played the entire game Tuesday despite being plunked on the left elbow in the first inning by the Cincinnati Reds' Bronson Arroyo.

He was feeling the effects Wednesday, however. So much so that he was unable to play in the series finale.

"I can barely bend my arm," said Braun, who also was sporting a bandage on the spot he was hit.

Braun wears a neoprene sleeve with some additional padding on the elbow, but the ball still hit him with enough force to injure him. He's now been plunked seven times on the season, third most in the National League.

Braun remains hopeful between the day off Wednesday and Milwaukee's scheduled off-day Thursday that he'll be back in the lineup Friday, when the Brewers open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.

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