Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun missed the entire series against the Miami Marlins with a right thumb injury. In fact, he has not been able to swing a bat since he was removed in the third inning of Sunday’s 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. If Braun is not able to give it a go during the weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers may be forced to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
“If things Friday and Saturday don’t go well, then we will see about that,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “I think the more we keep him off of it, the better. It’s going to get better. It’s just a matter of if four days is enough.”
The 29-year-old has been dealing with a nagging thumb injury for several weeks now, which does not appear to be going away anytime soon. Braun has played through the pain, but at this point, Milwaukee might be better off placing him on the disabled list so that he can put the injury behind him.
The right-handed slugger was batting .438 (6-for-16) with one RBI, one double, two walks and one stolen base during his four-game hit streak prior to Sunday. Even though the Brewers are 3-1 with him out of the lineup this past week, there is no question his teammates would rather see him batting third instead of sitting on the bench.
Braun is batting .304 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 214 at-bats this season.