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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||570.00||28.00||.296||96.00||88.00||16.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Chi. Cubs||49||14||2|| .375|| .449|| .286|
|vs Turner (Career)||8||1||0|| .125||.222||.125|
|vs RHP||387||102||12|| .330|| .434|| .264|
|12/27/2014||Ian Desmond, SS WAS||Ryan Braun, RF MIL|
|12/23/2014||Ryan Braun, RF MIL|
Mike Minor, SP ATL
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B CHC|
Jered Weaver, SP LAA
|12/22/2014||Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD|
Ryan Braun, RF MIL
|Todd Frazier, 3B CIN|
David Ortiz, DH BOS
Chris Davis, 1B BAL
|Last 10 Games|
Ryan Braun says his thumb feels 'significantly better'
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(1/25/15) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, who underwent a thumb procedure last October, said his thumb feels "significantly better" than at this time last year, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Braun was plagued throughout last season by a nerve issue at the base of his thumb, the paper noted.
"Knock on wood, I feel great; it feels really good," Braun told reporters.
"Everything is going well. Regular offseason, regular routine. I started hitting a little bit earlier than I typically do, just to see how it felt. So far, so good. It feels really good.
"I do everything I regularly do. I don't hit off live pitching but I take regular batting practice like we would during the season, and it feels good. I don't feel anything at all."
Added Braun: "I know it's significantly better than where it was this time last year, which I'm encouraged by. But as I told you guys the last time I saw everybody (at Thanksgiving) the real test will come in spring training, once we've played games for a couple of weeks and that everyday wear and tear. See how it recovers, see how it responds."
Brewers' Ryan Braun 'cautiously optimistic' coming off thumb surgery
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(11/26/14) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is optimistic coming off October thumb surgery. Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, in which a needle was inserted at the base of his right thumb to essentially freeze a nerve.
"It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "It makes a huge difference."
Braun swung a bat 10 days after the procedure and was happy the pain in his thumb was gone.
"Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I’ve told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don’t feel it at all, so I’m excited."
While Braun is definitely optimistic, he is also a bit cautious because he isn't in the grind of playing baseball every day. He has received full clearance, however, for all offseason activities.
"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," Braun said. "But it hasn’t felt this good in a really long time."
Brewers optimistic on Ryan Braun's progress from thumb surgery
|(11/4/14) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Ryan Braun’s rehab from offseason thumb surgery is progressing well, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"He has taken some batting practice off a pitcher," Melvin said. "It's not like he's playing every day. You're not going to get a good feel and judgment on it until then, when you're playing every day, seven days a week, taking BP and all that. That's the true test."
Braun dealt with the thumb injury throughout the 2014 season, and he admitted the injury affected his performance.
"When you can't use your top hand as a baseball player, it drastically alters everything that you do," Braun said. "I've tried to adjust; I've tried to find a way to deal with it the best I could."
Ryan Braun takes batting practice Monday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/13/14) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun took batting practice Sunday and felt "pretty good," MLB.com reports. It's Braun's first action since undergoing a cryotherapy procedure on his injured thumb.
Ryan Braun gets go-ahead to swing bat
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/7/14) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been given the go-ahead to resume swinging a bat after a follow-up visit Monday with the doctor who performed a cryotherapy procedure on his thumb, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Braun is hoping the procedure will allow him to move past an issue that has bothered him since the beginning of the 2013 season. He hit just .210 with one home run over the final month of the season.
|2014 summary: Coming off a 65-game suspension for his part in a PED scandal that not only invalidated his successful appeal of an earlier suspension but also called into question every last achievement of his otherwise spotless career, Ryan Braun couldn't have been more motivated to succeed in 2014. But instead of proving his doubters wrong, he only gave them more ammunition with career-worst numbers that are even worse than they appear when you account for his hot start. From June 1 on -- or the final two-thirds of the season -- he hit .245 with 11 home runs and a .716 OPS.|
Playing time status: So then how do you explain the hot start? That's the wrinkle in an otherwise smooth narrative. While some of the more vindictive types will attribute Braun's poor numbers to him being "off the juice," that explanation conveniently ignores the fact that his right thumb was severely messed up -- an injury that dated back to the previous Brewers season. He rested it for two weeks early in 2014, which allowed him to keep bashing through May, but he played more or less straight through after that.
2015 outlook: After having surgery to repair his thumb in the offseason, the concerns for Braun are twofold: Will the procedure, which is untested in the baseball realm, solve the problem, and if it does, will he get back to being the Braun we knew before all the PED talk started? He won't get as much benefit of the doubt on Draft Day this year, but given his immense upside, he's still worth selecting among the top 15 outfielders.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/5/15||@ LAA||3:10 pm|| |
|3/6/15||LAD||3:05 pm|| |
|3/7/15||TEX||3:05 pm|| |
|3/8/15||@ LAD||4:05 pm|| |
|3/9/15||KC||4:05 pm|| |
|3/10/15||CIN||4:05 pm|| |
|3/11/15||@ SF||4:05 pm|| |