Ryan Braun Injury: Updates on Brewers Star's Thumb

Benjamin Klein@BenjaminJKleinContributor IIIJune 10, 2013

A thumb injury has disrupted Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun's season, but the slugger has returned to the major league roster.

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9, at 3:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

According to Mike Vassallo, the Brewers' senior media director, Braun will make his triumphant return to the Brewers' lineup tonight. 

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 5:45 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has a huge update about Ryan Braun's status.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 5:34 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports there is a good chance Braun returns from the DL tonight against the Reds:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 1:42 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal reports the latest on Braun's possible return:

"He is getting pretty close," said manager Ron Roenicke. "He'll be out on the field again tomorrow and the next day. He's got to get his legs under him, too. I know he's in shape and he's doing all these things but just being out on the field, similar to spring training, for three or four hours, your body has to adjust to it. You're going to go through a sore stage.

"If we can get him back maybe before the all-star break and let him play in some games, and then use the break to allow him to recoup, that would be ideal. Hopefully, those things will work out."

Roenicke said he hadn't heard of any ill effects from Braun's on-field batting practice Saturday, which was a good sign. At this point, the goal is to get him on the field for the Arizona series but probably not all four games and not all nine innings.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 10:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvy notes the latest on Braun:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, at 2:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt has the latest on Ryan Braun's recovery from a thumb injury.

Leftfielder Ryan Braun, on the disabled list the last two weeks with a right hand injury, is scheduled to swing the bat again Tuesday in Washington.

Braun had been shut down from baseball activities while trying to allow the injury time to heal.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 20, at 1:23 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy provides disappointing news on Braun's recovery:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt has more from Braun and the Brewers:

Braun said he'd 'rather not say' when asked about specifics of his right hand condition and deferred to Brewers management to elaborate.

'It was nice to get clarity,' Braun said. 'There's comfort in knowing what we're dealing with. It's nothing we didn't expect.'

Contrary to what management said at the time he was placed on the DL on June 14, Braun said he took swings in the batting cage after he was deactivated. But after the doctor's visit Braun said that he is shutting down batting practice for the foreseeable future.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he's not sure if Braun would be ready to come off the DL at the end of the 15 days.

'I don't know,' Roenicke said. 'It could be longer. We'll have to see.'

Roenicke added: 'It was what we thought it was. It's not a quick fix. We'll see what happens at the end of the DL. It sounds like he's going to have to swing to see how it feels so he doesn't go backwards like he did when we put him on the DL.'

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, at 3:40 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed the Brewers' rehab plan for injured outfielder Ryan Braun on Saturday: 

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday that Ryan Braun, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with a thumb contusion/hand injury, will be shut down from baseball activities for at least the next week.

"If it gets better, he'll start swinging again and then take BP," Roenicke said. "Maybe when he comes off it will go away. If not, he'll have to play and fight through it."

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 10:41 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvy, Braun will head to the disabled list:

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Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for Monday’s matchup against the Miami Marlins, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rosiak questions how many games Braun will miss and wonders if he'll miss the entire series, seeing that Milwaukee is off on Thursday. A couple of days might be all Braun needs.


UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 4:39 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

For the third consecutive game, Braun will be missing in action tonight against the Marlins, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The report states that tomorrow's off day was a factor in the decision: 

With a day off on Thursday, it had been looked at as a good possibility that Braun would get all three games off in order to try and get his injured right hand feeling better.

Braun hasn't seen any action the past two games, and manager Ron Roenicke has said he'll weigh risk versus reward in utilizing Braun as a pinch-hitter when he doesn't start, so we'll see if he does wind up not doing anything down here in Miami.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 11, at 4 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Braun is missing Tuesday's clash with the Miami Marlins, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Per that report:

 Ryan Braun is out for the second consecutive game tonight as the Milwaukee Brewers once again take on the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

While Braun and manager Ron Roenicke took a wait-and-see approach about Braun's availability on Monday, there's a good chance the leftfielder will sit out all three games down here in order to quiet down his injured right hand.

Once again, Logan Schafer gets the start in left in place of Braun, and Carlos Gomez will man the third spot in the lineup.

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Braun exited Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies after a strikeout in the first inning. Manager Ron Roenicke saw him in enough pain to remove him from the contest.

Roenicke doesn’t want to have to put Braun on the 15-day disabled list, but he may have to now that the injury is only getting worse, according to Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We’ve got to talk about this,” said Roenicke, who plans to speak to general manager Doug Melvin in Miami about Braun. “We’ve got to get this thumb right. We have to figure out how to get him back. He’s been productive, but he’s not the Ryan Braun we’ve come to know.”

The problem with putting Braun on the disabled list is that Milwaukee would be losing a major piece of its offense. Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura have been big contributors this year, but Braun is the centerpiece. Without him, the Brewers would likely be in a worse spot than they already are—in the cellar of the NL Central.    

As Hunt points out in his article, Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart—who has yet to take the field for the Brewers this season—is at least three weeks away while still recovering from a knee injury. Logan Schafer will be Braun's replacement for Monday's game.

Braun, of course, is also in the middle of the Biogenesis scandal, where Major League Baseball is looking into suspending the outfielder, among others, for as many as 100 games, according to T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish of ESPN.com.

Aside from Braun’s on-the-field production, this just hasn’t been a good year for him. Through 57 games this season, he is hitting .304/.380/.509 with nine home runs and 36 RBI.

Braun currently has the fourth-most All-Star Game votes among outfielders in the National League, according to John Schlegel of MLB.com. Obviously, the Brewers are hoping he can get healthy and return to form as soon as possible.


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