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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Ryan Braun's thumb is worse

By on 9/09/2014 06:45:00 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have lost 12 of 13 and dropped from division leaders to six games back of the St. Louis Cardinals and 1.5 games back in the NL Wild Card in part due to injuries star players, including All-Star and former MVP Ryan Braun.  Now comes word from Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the right fielder's ongoing thumb issue has expanded into a hand issue. Braun is out of the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Marlins with Gerardo Parra in right field.

Braun has slumped badly since the All-Star Break, hitting only .230/.280/.397 with seven homers and 26 RBI. Overall for the season his line is .273/.323/.471 (OPS+ 118) with 18 homers and 78 RBI but he has played only 118 games due to various ailments, including lower back spasms, the inflamed thumb, a ribcage strain, and a strained abdomen which landed him on the DL in late April, costing him 14 games.

Ryan Braun

Braun, 30, a five-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP, ended the 2013 season with a 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He is a career .312/.373/.563 hitter, and began the 2014 season with a line of .318./361/.591, six homers and 18 RBI before going on the DL April 27. In addition to his suspension, Braun missed a month in 2013 with a nerve irritation in his right hand.

Now in his eighth major league season, all with the Brewers, Braun was Milwaukee's first round draft pick in 2005, making his debut on May 5, 2007, and winning the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year. In April 2011, Braun signed a $105 million contract extension that takes him through 2020 (mutual option for 2021).

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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