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Manager Ron Roenicke worried by Ryan Braun’s thumb injury

Jun 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left in the third inning of this afternoon’s series finale against the Phillies due to a nagging thumb injury. He struck out in the first inning and was subsequently replaced by Logan Schafer in left field in the third. Braun hasn’t homered since May 22 against the Dodgers. To boot, he has just three doubles is hitting .254 since his last homer.

The thumb issue, which has been bothering Braun for the better part of two weeks, has manager Ron Roenicke worried.

Via’s Adam McCalvy:

“We’ve got to figure out what to do there,” Roencike said. “We’ve got to start going in the right direction with him, and sometimes it’s not. … I’m hoping we don’t have to [place him on the disabled list], but we start making gains and he says, ‘Yeah, I feel really good today,’ and then all of a sudden it’s a bad day and a setback.

“We keep going this back and forth. He’s out there playing, hitting third for us, and I expect the Braun that I’ve seen for the last two years, and he’s not the same. He’s still getting hits, he’s still helping us win games, but he’s not that guy that can carry a team like I know he can.”

Roenicke said he had a plan for Braun on the upcoming, three-city road trip, which includes a pair of off-days between stops.

Aside from the recent power outage, Braun is otherwise having a great season, hitting .304 with an OPS just south of .900, which is about 40 percent better than the league average.

  1. revskip - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    A little HGH will fix that right up.

    • kollin7 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      If we’re going to make these jokes, can we at least try a little harder…

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        No we can’t. Because if we’re going to keep making these jokes, then we are complete utter morons.

  2. mtr75 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Maybe there’s a shot of some kind they could give him. Something to improve his performance.

  3. onbucky96 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Now would be a good time for Corey Hart to emerge from Witness Protection…

  4. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I’d be worried, too. Hopefully, that’s not his injecting thumb.

  5. ezthinking - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Something original with the ‘roids posts. The low hanging fruit is already taken.

  6. rbj1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Hurt thumbs happen all the time. Braun has a PEDestrian injury.

  7. e5tolife - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I know a guy that runs a clinic in Florida and can fix that right up for you Ryan

  8. coryfor3 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I’d worry more about losing him for 100 games.

  9. barkleyblows - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Looks like Ryan needs to start juicing again.

  10. theaxmancometh - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comedy geniuses on this site. U guys should write for the Leno show, your jokes are just as fresh & original.

  11. breastfedted - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    What a weakling. An NHL player played through a broken leg the other day. Braun is a joke, and a fraud. ROID RAGE

  12. sdemp - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Some people make it really easy to see how stupid they are. . . save the PED jokes, for real.

    Your American hero Cal Ripkin Jr is and would be the biggest PED abuser if he played now. Just as Yount and every other player who played in the 80’s.

    When drinking a red bull is against the “steriod policy”, there is something wrong. And yes, red bull is not FDA approved.

    Greenies. . .

  13. sdemp - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    That NHL player. . . he played 90 seconds with a “broken” leg, so your point is weak.

    And since when is standing in one spot for 90 seconds is considered playing!?

  14. bchapman2011 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I see people on here are getting mad at the HGH and Steroid comments…….Why? To cheat is one thing. If Braun had stood up like a man and admitted his wrong doing last year I would have actually respected him. Instead he went the other route and railroaded some poor kid that collected his sample. His is a liar and a cheat and deserves to be booed off the field for the rest of his career.

  15. kidpresentable - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I tend to think Victor Conte is probably right about what guys like Braun, and I don’t know, every other player is doing. They are likely using testosterone creams or patches to aid in recovery. They’re not using “steroid” steroids like we think of when we see body builders or professional wrestlers. Is it against the rules? Sure, but it’s not cheating any more than a guy who has a dead arm using a cortisone shot so he can go out and pitch without losing 5 mph on his fastball. Look at Braun and compare him to McGwire or Bonds. They’re not on the same stuff.

    What bothers me is not that guys use stuff – they’re always going to use stuff. It’s the hypocrisy of fans thinking that nobody on their teams would use stuff (they do), and the laziness of the jokes.

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