Milwaukee Brewers left field Ryan Braun missed three consecutive games after he was removed in the third inning of Sunday’s 9-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. As expected, the Brewers were forced to place Braun on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career due to a nagging right thumb injury.
“More of the same,” Braun said, according to Brewers.com. “It basically has been the same for a while. Everything we have tried to get to the point where I can take a regular swing [has not helped]. We’ve tried different wraps on the bat, different padding on the batting gloves. We’ve basically tried everything we can think of.”
Braun has been dealing with the injury for weeks. The soreness in his thumb has made it very difficult to swing a bat, yet somehow Braun has still been able to produce at the plate. In fact, he was batting .438 (6-for-16) during a four-game hitting streak prior to his 0-for-1 performance on Sunday.
Milwaukee is disappointed that Braun will be out for several days, but there is no question the organization made the right move. The last thing the Brewers need is their superstar dealing with an inflamed nerve on his hand the entire season when it can be taken care of with rest over an extended period. At this point, Milwaukee just has to hope they can string some wins together so that when Braun does return from the disabled list he will be able to provide a quality spark.
The 29-year-old is batting .304 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 214 at-bats this season.