Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun visited with hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday. It was simply a precautionary visitation and not one that should have Brewers fans worried. Sheridan is a well-qualified hand doctor who took care of Rickie Weeks when the second baseman had his hand and wrist issues.
Braun has been dealing with the right thumb injury for weeks. In fact, the inflamed nerve between his thumb and forefinger has made it very difficult to swing a bat. With that being said, Braun’s production has been stellar, even though it is not quite up to par to what it typically is for the slugger.
The 29-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career. A move had to be made because Braun was not doing anybody any favors by staying in the lineup. Obviously, the Brewers would prefer to see him batting third on a consistent basis, but a healthy Braun will be far more beneficial over the next few months.
The good news is nothing has changed as far as Braun still being scheduled to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, June 25.
“That’s my hope, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself,” Braun said last week, 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.”
Braun is batting .304 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 214 at-bats this season.