Ryan Braun placed on DL, out for Friday against Twins

After missing the past three games with a sore back, Ryan Braun was placed on the disabled list Thursday and won’t be available when the Milwaukee Brewers open a three-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Braun hasn’t played since Sunday when he left a 7-3 victory over the Rockies in the eighth inning. He was originally in manager Craig Counsell’s lineup Monday at Arizona, but was a late scratch for that game and hasn’t played since.

Braun had surgery to repair a herniated disc after back problems plagued his 2015 season, but said the current issues were unrelated to that procedure.

“It’s not going to completely go away while I’m playing,” Braun said while the team was in Arizona. “You just have to try to manage it.”

Braun is off to a slow start in 2018. He is batting .222 with a .268 on-base percentage, and was batting .121 with a .167 OBP in May.

The Brewers are averaging 5.6 runs over their last seven games — including a shutout loss to the Rockies and a 2-1 defeat at Arizona on Tuesday night.

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The Twins got bad news Thursday, learning that catcher Jason Castro will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. He was originally expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks but the procedure revealed more damage than anticipated.

The Twins send right-hander Kyle Gibson (1-1) to the mound for the series opener. Gibson gave up two runs on three hits and four walks against the Angels in his most recent outing Saturday. He has held opponents to seven earned runs over his last four starts, but he did not have a decision in any of those games while lowering his season ERA to 3.43.

His is 1-1 with 5.03 ERA in three career starts against Milwaukee, but he has not faced the Brewers since 2015.

Milwaukee answers with left-hander Brent Suter (2-3, 5.14 ERA). He has allowed six runs and 12 hits in his last two outings, spanning 9 2/3 innings.

He has faced the Twins only once in his career, and that came last season, when he started the game and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings, but did not get a decision.

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