Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been making progress in the rehabilitation of his right thumb. However, it has been revealed that he will remain sidelined until after the All-Star break for precautionary reasons.
“The date (specialist Don Sheridan) said we should target is pretty far in the future,” Braun said, according to Brewers.com. “I certainly hope that I’m back before that date, but a nerve is unlike a muscle or a bone or a tendon or a ligament where there is a specific amount of time, where you know what you’re dealing with. There’s not a whole lot you can do except rest.”
Braun has dealt with the right thumb injury for weeks prior to being placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his marvelous career. In fact, the inflamed nerve between his thumb and forefinger had made it very difficult to swing a bat. Despite the pain he endured on a daily basis, Braun has still been able to be productive at the plate this season.
The 29-year-old will miss the All-Star break for the first time since his rookie season in 2007. It is certainly unfortunate considering Brewers fans have got used to seeing one of their own in the starting lineup for the National League. However, the only thing the fans care about now is getting a healthy Braun back.
The slugger is batting .304 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 214 at-bats this season.