It is certainly unfortunate that the Milwaukee Brewers were forced to place left fielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career. Even though it was definitely the right move by the organization, the team would certainly rather have him in the lineup. The good news is Braun does not believe he will be on the disabled list for very long.
“That’s my hope, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself,” Braun said, according to Brewers.com. “If I’m able to come off [after] 15 days, that’s only eight more games. It sounds like a long time when you say, ’15-day DL,’ but it’s not that long from now.”
Since the 29-year-old missed three games prior to being placed on the disabled list, the Brewers were able to include those three days. That means he will be able to be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, June 25 if his thumb is healthy enough to do so.
It is quite amazing that Braun has never spent time on the disabled list at any point over the past six seasons. Fans who follow the team know he has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the years, but he has always managed to play through the pain.
“I took a lot of pride in having never spent a day on the DL,” Braun told Brewers.com. “But at this point all I can do is look forward and try to do everything I can to get back as quickly as possible.”
Unfortunately, his right thumb injury is different because the only way it will heal enough for him to swing a bat properly is to give a couple weeks rest.