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8 Ryan Braun RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/204 | Birthdate: 11/17/1983 | Birthplace: Mission Hills, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Milwaukee | College: Miami (Fla.) | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $9,611,111 | Owned/Started%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 52.11
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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun's thumb getting healthier


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is starting to get into the swing of things, literally. Braun has hit home runs in two consecutive games and displaying power to the opposite field, a sign his right thumb is getting healthier, reports MLB.com.

"It's showing that he's able to pull his hands inside and still attack the ball," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think it's real good to see that."


Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun extends hitting streak Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit a home run in his second consecutive game Sunday, helping Milwaukee to a 13-4 win over the White Sox. Braun now has a hit in three straight games and catcher Jonathan Lucroy is seeing Braun start to make the turn for Opening Day, reports MLB.com.

"I've been watching his [batting practice] every day and his ball is looking like it was in 2012," Lucroy said. "It's just jumping. The ball is flying off his bat. That's good. That means he's got some strength in there."


Brewers' Ryan Braun hits first homer of spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his first home run of the spring on Friday. 

A day after Braun snapped a string of 13 hitless at bats to start the spring, he hit a solo shot in the fifth inning. 

"I think the biggest challenge is just rhythm and timing early," Braun said, per MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "The more at-bats I get, the better my timing is getting, the more comfortable I feel. I'm headed in the right direction."


Brewers' Ryan Braun to play consecutive games this weekend


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is expected to play in consecutive games this weekend for the first time since having surgery on his right thumb, reports MLB.com.

"I would prefer him going out there getting hits, but the swings are better lately," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Early, I didn't like the swings too much. The [batting practice] has been real good. I think that's going to carry over and we'll start seeing it in some games."

Roenicke is continuing to be patient with Braun as he brings him along this spring.

"Everything is good," Roenicke said. "You can tell the way I've been playing him. We're going pretty slow with him. He's always been a guy who hasn't needed a lot of at-bats in Spring Training, and I think with where we are with everything, there's no reason to force him into playing a ton."


Brewers OF Ryan Braun (illness) back in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is in the starting lineup for Sunday's split-squad game against the A's.

Braun missed the last two games while dealing with flu-like symptoms. He's 0 for 7 with two walks in four spring games.


Brewers' Ryan Braun misses second straight with flu


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun missed his second straight game on Saturday. Braun has been struggling with flu-like symptoms. 

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he expects Braun to return to the lineup on Sunday. 


Ryan Braun scratched from Brewers lineup with illness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Ryan Braun missed Friday's game, when he was a last-minute scratch from the Brewers' lineup. 

The team told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy that Braun was suffering from flu-like symptoms. 

Manager Ron Roenicke is also suffering from an illness, as are some other members of the roster. 

Braun is still looking for his first hit of the spring, after seven at bats. 


Brewers' Braun expects to be 'one of the best players in the league'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun expects to be "one of the best players in the league" this season, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The 31-year-old has seen his production tail off in recent years due to a thumb injury, but it sounds like he believes the issue is behind him this season. "So far it feels great," Braun said. "Everything so far has gone as well as I could have possibly hoped. Hopefully, the next few weeks it continues to do the same and we can stop talking about it at some point in the near future."

Braun will not be limited during spring training, but admitted he'll keep an eye on how many swings he's taking. Braun put in more work than usual during the offseason, and said his thumb felt "really good." 

While health is the key, Braun expressed confidence in his ability to regain his status as a top player in the league. "I've always felt like if I'm healthy, success is inevitable," he said. "I think most of us would feel the same way. As long as I'm healthy, I expect to go out there, be productive and do the things I've always done."

Braun hit .266/.324/.453 over 530 at-bats last year. 


No extra limitations on Brewers OF Ryan Braun's thumb in camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Aside from limiting him to extra hitting early on, there are no extra limitations on Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun's thumb heading into camp, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Braun, 31, underwent a thumb procedure last October, and said in January that his thumb feels "significantly better" than at this time last year. He slashed .266/.324/.453 with 19 homers and 81 RBI in 135 games in 2014 while dealing with the injury.


Ryan Braun says his thumb feels 'significantly better'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) 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
(11/26/2014) 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


(11/4/2014) 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
(10/13/2014) 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
(10/7/2014) 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.


Brewers OF Ryan Braun undergoes cryotherapy procedure


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Brewers announced Thursday outfielder Ryan Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb Thursday.

Braun is expected to have a follow-up exam Monday. If there is no adverse reaction, he will start to swing a bat to test his pain tolerance.

"This is a technique they have done with other athletes, but not with a baseball player," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "So I wouldn't call it experimental, but we are obviously breaking some new ground here."


Ryan Braun set for thumb surgery Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure Thursday in Los Angeles, the Journal Sentinel reports. It'll be the first time a cryotherapy prodecure has been done on the thumb of a baseball player.

"It has been the plan for a while," Braun said. "The plan all along has been to find the least invasive option that we felt like would give me the best chance to get the closest to 100%. I don't feel like I need to be at 100% to be one of the best players in the game, but I've got to be at 80-90%. I have to be able to use my top hand in my swing to feel like I can do the things I'm used to doing and capable of doing."

"I wanted to do it when we were in L.A. (in mid-August) because that's where we're going to do it. I thought maybe if we could do it then, it would help me get through the rest of this season and finish strong. But we don't know, because they haven't done this on a baseball player. So, everybody was worried, not knowing what the side effects potentially could have been. But, based on what we've been told, we don't think there's going to be a lot of down time."

Braun has been unable to properly grip a bat due to an ongoing nerve issue in the thumb.

"This type of procedure has been successful with other parts of the body," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "Never on a thumb, but it's worth a try. Our understanding is that there is no downside to it; that it can't make it worse."


Ryan Braun will undergo thumb procedure Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is expected to have a cryotherapy procedure performed by specialist on his injured thumb in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Saturday.

"It has been the plan for a while," Braun said. "The plan all along has been to find the least invasive option that we felt like would give me the best chance to get the closest to 100 percent."

Braun had been bothered by a nerve issue with his right thumb, which has made it difficult for him to grib a bat this season. He is hitting .268 with 19 homers and 81 RBI over 527 at-bats in his first season back from a PED suspension.


Ryan Bruan back in action Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) As expected, the thumb ailment that has plagued Brewers slugger Ryan Braun all season is not plaguing him badly enough Thursday to keep him out the lineup against visiting Miami.

Braun returns without a multi-hit game since Aug. 25.


Ryan Braun expected to return Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was out of the lineup for the second straight game Wednesday, but he's expected to be back in action Thursday, MLB.com reports. He's been sidelined by a thumb injury.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun was "fine to play" Wednesday but still held him out of the lineup. Braun has hit .272/.324/.470 with 18 home runs, 78 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 470 at-bats, though he's done significantly worse since the All-Star break.


Ryan Braun sidelined again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The thumb injury that has plagued Brewers slugger Ryan Braun all season has him out of the lineup again Wednesday night against Miami.

Braun has not managed a multi-hit game since Aug. 25. He is 7 for 41 since then. He owns a very uncharacteristic .272/.324/.470 slugging percentage on the year.


Ryan Braun out Tuesday with hand/thumb issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is not in the starting lineup Tuesday. He has been dealing with a thumb injury but also has an issue with his hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"We'll see how Braun is physically tomorrow," manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday. "He's got a little hand thing. I don't know if it's just the thumb. He's been battling that. That's part of the reason, I'm sure, that he hasn't been swinging the bat like he has (in the past). It's been going on for over a week now. There's definitely some physical issues there and there's definitely some mental issues there. A lot of times that physical part, because you know you can't do things the same way, now mentally you know you can't and you try to alter things and it usually doesn't go well."

Braun has been dealing with the thumb issue since last season. He has hit .273/.323/.471 with 18 home runs, 78 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 469 at-bats.


Struggling Ryan Braun moved down in order


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) With Carlos Gomez back in the lineup Monday against the Marlins, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke dropped outfielder Ryan Braun to fifth in the lineup for the first time since July 12 and only the fourth time all season.

"Just trying to get him in a spot where (he can succeed)," Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We need him to start swinging like we're used to seeing him swing. When he's swinging the bat well, like he should, I want him hitting third."

Braun hasn't been swinging the bat well for a long while now. He's batting .194 in his last 10 games and .254 with a .739 OPS in 79 games since the start of June. He refuses to blame his injured thumb for his struggles, though.

"I'd rather not even discuss it," he said. "It just is what it is. It is just there, and I just deal with it the best that I can. Obviously some days are better than others, but this is a time of the season where everybody is hurt."


Ryan Braun a late addition to Saturday lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated that outfielder Ryan Braun will be in a revised version of Saturday's starting lineup, MLB.com reports.

Braun was not in the initial version of Saturday's lineup due to a thumb injury, but he must have responded well during batting practice, so the team will roll with him in the lineup. Braun has hit .275/.326/.478 with 18 home runs, 77 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 458 at-bats.


Ryan Braun sitting due to thumb injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was not in the lineup Saturday due to a thumb injury, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Braun's thumb has been bothering him all season, and occasionally flares up. Braun is planning to participate in batting practice, and there's a slim chance he works his way into the lineup if that goes well.


Ryan Braun still away from team Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is not in the lineup yet again Thursday, as he continues to be away from the team while awaiting the birth of his first child.

Braun has not played since Tuesday, but will not be placed on the paternity leave list, with rosters expanding earlier in the week. He is expected to return on Friday.