Braun’s hand still bothering him, could need surgery | Disciples of Uecker

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Before his suspension last season, Ryan Braun was suffering through the least productive season of his career thanks to a nerve issue in his right hand. If there was any silver lining to the 65-game suspension, it was that the time off was supposed to allow Braun’s injury to heal without the need for surgery.

Three games into the season, Braun is revealing that the five-month layoff didn’t help. While the nerve problems made it hard for Braun to grip a bat last season, it sounds another problem now is with his fielding — he has numbness in his thumb that makes it hard for him to tell how hard he’s gripping the ball when throwing it, leading to “crazy bruises and blisters.”

For the time being, it looks like the Brewers are hoping controlled rest and pain management techniques keep Braun on the field, but if five months off didn’t help — something he’s called a “luxury” multiple times this spring — the fear is that surgery is somewhere on the horizon.

Braun is reluctant to get the surgery because apparently that isn’t guaranteed to fix the problem, either. No timetable was put on a recovery time if Braun did elect to go under the knife, but the implication is that it wouldn’t be a short stint on the disabled list.

He’ll serve as the DH today against Boston, but after this weekend, the Brewers won’t have the DH spot available until their next trip to an AL park in early June. If Braun needs regular time off and Khris Davis continues to struggle, only having one backup outfielder on the roster (Logan Schafer) could become an issue.

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  1. BIG LANCE says: April 4, 2014

    A bunch of crap- This cheating sob had plenty of TIME to get this fixed. Give him another standing o But keep paying him A damn jioke

    • L says: April 7, 2014

      wow. angry bro?

      btw, you can bet he seriously looked into surgery for the problem but he’s mentioned that there wasn’t much evidence to suggest any surgical procedure would result in an improvement. Without a guarantee and with the risks of causing further complications or damage he elected to side with the advice from doctors to simply rest it; obviously, it helped a little (he said it felt fine at the beginning of training camp, plus his performance for most of that time was fantastic) but it has resurfaced and will be an ongoing issue for the remainder of this year plus probably for the rest of his career. Hopefully, he and the team can devise a management system for dealing with it and preventing it from causing serious performance problems because we need him to at least be an above average player offensively and defensively given the investment tied up in him. I believe the team will work on a rest pattern that’ll mean L.Shaffer will see a lot more playing time this year; it’ll be alright if L.Shaffer proves to be another ascending young player for the Brewers. Try to remain positive! They’re 4-2, the pitching has looked terrific, and they just swept the defending champs in their own ballpark! Go Brewers!

      • BIG LANCE says: April 8, 2014

        For one thing don’t ever call me Bro Milwaukee just played 6 games Bro. Starting pitching improved but not hard to improve off of last years team. Don’t count on your lying boy for production. Who knows how long he was on juice. A ton of holes on this team. The over under in Vegas on Milwaukee is 75 and that was counting on your boy. We will see what happens

        • L says: April 8, 2014

          Oh okay, I get it… you’re just a troll; and the only thing you can do with trolls is ignore them.

          • BIG LANCE says: April 11, 2014

            And they only thing you can do with an uneducated Brewer Fan is laugh- On the football field in college we used idiots like you as a tackling dummmy

          • BIG LANCE says: April 11, 2014

            Oh yea I forgot to add Bro- D.A.

  2. kidsmoke96 says: April 4, 2014

    Good to see the JS Comments board has infiltrated DoU.

  3. Bob B says: April 4, 2014

    Baby people work hurt suck it up

  4. Jeff says: April 5, 2014

    I swear, people just google “Braun” once a day, go to “comment” and Ctrl-V their brains out. :)

    • Bob B says: April 5, 2014

      What

  5. Jeff says: April 5, 2014

    Anybody suggested to Braun to try switch-hitting? I know it’s difficult to do, but it could save a career that is teetering b/c of injury. If he was batting from the left side, he wouldn’t have to grip the bat in that spot…

    • CD says: April 5, 2014

      I don’t think he’s able to grip the ball either though. If he was in the AL, the Switch-Hitting could work, but throwing is becoming an issue also.

    • wallbanger says: April 6, 2014

      Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. Little late in the game for switch hitting. Want him to throw lefty, too?

  6. BIG LANCE says: April 7, 2014

    Ryan Braun A Milwaukee hero

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