Braun was replaced in right field by Tyrone Taylor. Braun could be used as a pinch-hitter.
Braun left with an injury in the fifth inning of a 4-2 loss on Wednesday after hitting a wall while making a catch. He struck out twice. Braun said Thursday that he strained his left oblique and was "significantly compromised" in Game 1.
"Swinging, throwing, running, everything kind of hurt. For anyone who's never had a rib cage or oblique issue, it's really painful,'' Braun said. "It didn't get better by trying to play yesterday. So ultimately, it's just about trying to put the team in the optimal position to win, and just kind of with where it's at and how it's feeling, I don't think that me being in there from the start would have given us the best chance to win today.''
Catcher Jacob Nottingham and Taylor both got the start after pinch hitting in Game 1. Designated hitter Ryon Healy batted cleanup. He went 1-for-7 during the regular season while spending most of it at the team's alternate site.