Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has slumped mightily at the plate since his return from the disabled list. The Brewers were hoping his first time playing nine innings since June 8, which occurred Saturday, would get him going offensively. He was able to record one hit, which was a two-RBI double. However, that has been his only offensive production. Hopefully, the right-handed slugger can hit his way out of the slump against the San Diego Padres starting Monday night.
“I thought going nine [innings on Saturday] was good, and we’ll see how the legs are,” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “We always talk about it, when you’re off a long time, you can practice all you want but it’s just like coming to Spring Training. You’re always sore, no matter what you do.”
There is no question the long time spent on the 15-day disabled list is having an effect on Braun. He is only batting .181 with one double and two RBI in 11 at-bats since returning to the lineup. Obviously, Milwaukee will only be able to do so much on offense without their best bat hitting well.
The good news is Braun is a rare talent in which it will not take much for him to get going at the plate. He has the ability to turn it on at any moment. Typically, all it takes is one quality game for him to be back in the swing of things.
“He’s still such a good hitter that if they get it in the zone, he’s going to hit it well,” Roenicke told Brewers.com. “He’ll get it as his at-bats go on. He’ll start recognizing pitches more. You see the fastball, but you have to be confident that you can get to that and still see spin on the ball and be able to hit the off-speed. That usually takes a while.”
Braun will get his chance to turn it on against Andrew Cashner, who is 5-5 with a 3.81 earned run average this season.