MILWAUKEE (AP) -Power-hitting third baseman Ryan Braun was called up Thursday night to make his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers, whose offense has stalled somewhat in recent games.
The 23-year-old Braun, a first-round draft pick of the Brewers out of Miami in 2005, was hitting .342 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 34 games this season with Triple-A Nashville.
In spring training, Braun hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the Brewers' exhibition opener.
He will join the Brewers in San Diego for a weekend series with the Padres.
The division-leading Brewers are 28-19 going into Friday night's game but have gone 4-9 in their last 13 games.
To make room on the roster, the Brewers placed reliever Elmer Dessens on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Offensive production has been lacking from the third-base position. Veterans Craig Counsell and Tony Graffanino have shared the job, batting a combined .214.
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