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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Ryan Braun's thumb completely healed


By on 11/26/2014 04:00:00 PM

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun has declared himself completely healed from his surgery to repair the nerve that caused numbness in his right thumb for nearly two years. Braun had the surgery performed on October 2, and as MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reported Wednesday, Braun says he has fully recovered but remains cautious about preparing for Spring Training.




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,
"Right now, I don't feel any [discomfort], and I haven't been able to say that for two years.... Now, I don't feel it at all, so I'm excited. I'm encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into Spring Training and see how it responds. But it hasn't felt this good in a really long time."
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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