The Brewers could wait no longer with their star leftfielder.

Ryan Braun was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with a right thumb contusion, retroactive to June 10. The injury had been bothering Braun for weeks.

The Brewers called up outfielder Caleb Gindl from Class AAA Nashville after the Sounds' game was completed.

Braun, who missed the entire Miami series, took batting practice Friday night for the first time since Sunday. Afterward, he said, "I survived BP in the cage, so I guess that's good."

Actually, it wasn't.

"After batting practice the soreness was still there," manager Ron Roenicke said. "After talking with him, this was the right thing to do."

The former MVP struggled for more than a month with the injury, aggravating it on each at-bat, and it was time to give it time to heal. He is hitting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBI.

Lucroy heating up: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy entered Friday with 35 RBI, tied for most in the majors at that position.

Lucroy, who didn't start Friday night because Martin Maldonado usually catches Kyle Lohse, was tied with Buster Posey of San Francisco and Matt Wieters of Baltimore.

Lucroy also has 17 RBI in 12 games since May 31, No. 3 in MLB behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, who had 18 each.

"It's a matter of persistence and working hard," said Lucroy, who began the year mired in an offensive slump. "I take a lot of pride in driving people in. With some of our power guys out, a lot of responsibility falls on me to go in and get the job done."

According to Roenicke: "He's got the right approach to drive in runs. He'll always be an RBI guy, I think, because he has power the other way. We feel really good with him coming up with guys on base."

Lucroy said he's turned it around since rediscovering his timing. "I don't know why I've started off slow this year," he said. "I didn't change anything from last year."

Lucroy, though, pretty much sat 10 days in spring training while he was Team USA's backup catcher in the World Baseball Classic.

"I don't want to say those 10 days were the cause of that (the slump)," he said. "If I had a chance to play more I might play in it again, but we aren't competitive because the top starting pitchers won't go."

Lucroy was asked if the WBC still served a purpose.