Ryan Braun leaves Brewers' opener with strain on right side

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers slugger Ryan Braun left the season opener against Colorado with a strain on his right side.

The injury occurred in the fourth inning Monday when Braun crashed into the right-field wall while catching Justin Morneau's drive. Braun was replaced by Gerardo Parra with the Rockies leading 10-0, but there was no announcement about an injury during the game.

Afterward, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Braun strained his lower right side.

When asked whether the injury was considered an abdominal strain, Roenicke said: ''I think maybe a little lower than that. I'm not exactly sure.''

Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was limited by a thumb injury much of last season.

''We'll check and see how he is tomorrow,'' Roenicke said.

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