MLB notebook: Braun should be ready for series with Pirates

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:24 p.m.

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun should be ready to return from a right oblique strain in time for next week's series against the Pirates.

The outfielder hasn't played since April 26. Braun was hitting .318 with six homers and 18 RBIs when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 3.

Braun took batting practice before the team's game Wednesday afternoon against Arizona. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun should be ready when eligible to play his next game Tuesday against the NL Central rival Pirates.

Diversity findings released

The league maintained its racial and gender hiring practices in the last year, and the percentage of African-American players equaled a study's all-time low set in the 2007 season.

That's according to the annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. It gave MLB an “A” in racial hiring and “C-plus” in gender hiring.

The baseball rosters on Opening Day featured 8.2 percent of players who identified as African-American, equaling the study's all-time low for the second time since it began in 1988. It's a decline from 8.3 percent in 2013 and 8.9 percent in 2012.

Nats' manager OK after crash

This is not the sort of hit-and-run situation Nationals manager Matt Williams expected to encounter on a game day.

Williams said he was stopped in traffic a few blocks from Nationals Park while driving to work Wednesday when his car was sideswiped by another vehicle that then took off and was chased by police.

And it all happened while Williams was doing his weekly live radio appearance with “The Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan.

Meeting with reporters before Washington's game against the Dodgers, Williams said: “I'm fine. No worries. Car's not real good, but I'm good.”

Wieters won't go on DL

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was out of the starting lineup after making a trip to have his sore right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Wieters flew roundtrip from Tampa to Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday for the exam and was listed as a backup player for Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay.

While it was determined that Wieters would avoid the disabled list, he likely will be limited to designated hitter for a while.

“It doesn't hurt him to hit at all either way,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

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