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Ryan Braun appears headed to the disabled list

Jun 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been bothered by a thumb issue, forcing him out of his team’s previous four games after being removed from the series finale against the Phillies on Sunday. A cursory look at his stats reveals a player enjoying a fine season, but Braun hasn’t homered since May 22 and has posted a .636 OPS in the time since, including only four extra-base hits.

Braun was to participate in batting practice to gauge how he felt, but it was “no bueno“, per Adam McCalvy:

“More of the same,” Braun said. “It basically has been the same for a while. Everything we have tried to get to the point where I can take a regular swing has not helped. We’ve tried different wraps on the bat, different padding on the batting gloves. We’ve basically tried everything we can think of.”

The last resort would be Braun’s first-ever trip to the disabled list.

“The next step is something I don’t want to do,” manager Ron Roenicke said before those batting practice swings. “But if that’s the best way to do it, then we’ll do it. That’s why we want to see where he is today. If he’s really good, then we know where to go.”

The Brewers are 27-38, barely ahead of the last-place Cubs in the NL Central. Losing Braun cripples an offense that is already given the unfortunate task of having to outpace their league-worst pitching staff, which allows 4.8 runs per game on average.

  1. michaeljacksonisback - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Put some steroids on it!

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      That was super clever!

  2. logisticalvoices - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Disabled list don’t lie!

  3. natijim235 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    hurt his thumb when opening bottle of roids!

  4. pinkfloydprism - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    is it a 50 game DL stint?

  5. ironman721 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Get the urine cups ready!

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