Ryan Braun says his thumb is 100 percent since surgery. "It definitely worked." #Brewers
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) November 26, 2014
McCalvy briefly summarized Braun's procedure, describing the needle that went under Braun's thumb. The serum from the needle froze the "troublesome nerve that had been causing [Braun] stabbing pain since early 2013."
McCalvy quoted Braun discussing the results of the procedure. Said Braun,
Even with the thumb problem, Braun played in 135 games for the Brewers in 2014 after just 61 games in 2013. His low games played count that year, though, stemmed more from his suspension for PED use rather than from the thumb injury. He did, however, miss 24 games because of his thumb. This year, he hit a career low .266 with 19 HR and 81 RBI and had an also-career-low 1.0 WAR for the third-place Brewers.
According to McCalvy, Braun has received full clearance to continue all baseball activities, and he will resume his normal offseason routine later in December. He will report to Spring Training on time in February with the intent on improving the Brewers' offense, which slumped dramatically in the second half of the season -- so much that the Brewers dropped from a first-place tie on September 1 to a third-place finish, eight games out, at season's end.
Braun, the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2007 and MVP in 2011, placed himself at the center of the team's slump, indicating that his own poor September performance of .210, 1 HR, and 5 RBI was the biggest contributing factor.
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