Braun back in Brewers’ lineup vs Mets after missing 4 games

Braun back in Brewers’ lineup vs Mets after missing 4 games

Ryan Braun is back in the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup after missing four games with a stiff back.

The left fielder batted third Sunday as Milwaukee tried and failed to prevent a three-game sweep by the New York Mets.

Braun had back surgery in the offseason and the club has been cautious with his health. The 2011 NL MVP is batting .364 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 35 games this season.

He felt better Saturday and “was very positive” on Sunday morning, according to manager Craig Counsell. Braun’s return was expected to boost to a struggling Brewers offense that’s averaged only 2.9 runs while hitting .220 over the past 10 games.