And it wasn't just because Braun was named to his fourth-consecutive National League starting lineup in the All-Star Game, but because the calf seems to be recovering well.
"Definitely better than I thought," Braun said about how the strain felt 12 hours later. "I'm going to get some treatment and see what happens."
He missed Sunday's game, only the third missed start of the season, but avoided speculating on his availability for Monday afternoon, when the Brewers begin a three-game series with the D-backs at Miller Park.
Braun is hitting .320 on the season with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs.
If he's in the lineup Monday, Braun will face Daniel Hudson, who is quietly putting together a stellar season as the D-backs' No. 2 starter.
Hudson is 9-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 17 starts and has pitched 116 innings, which ranks near the top of the NL.
He will oppose Shaun Marcum, who has a 7-3 record and 3.16 ERA halfway through his first NL season.
Milwaukee sits in a tie for first place in the NL Central, while the D-backs trail the Giants in the NL West by three games.
D-backs: Kennedy can't keep it up
Starting pitcher and MLB All-Star Final Vote candidate Ian Kennedy was roughed up Sunday, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The outing was Kennedy's shortest in over a month, and he allowed the most runs since April 13 against the Cardinals.
In limited at-bats, Chris Young, Justin Upton, Stephen Drew and Willie Bloomquist each have hits off Marcum. Arizona lost to Marcum last season, scoring three runs on six hits and striking out eight times against the then-Blue Jays pitcher.
Brewers: McGehee struggling
Entering last weekend mired in a 2-for-22 slump, third baseman Casey McGehee was given a pair of days off on Saturday and Sunday by manager Ron Roenicke.
"I've told Casey all year, he's a big part of this team," Roenicke said. "We need Casey to do what he did the last couple of years for us to get where we want to go."
McGehee, hitting .221 on the season with four home runs and 33 RBI. He could be in the lineup on Monday to face Hudson, against whom he posted a 3-for-3 game with a homer last season.
Prince Fielder has also homered off Hudson.
Mark Kotsay hit his first homer of the season on Sunday and first since last Aug. 17, as a member of the White Sox, also coming at Target Field.