Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:25:08 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) is feeling great and expects to be successful if he remains healthy in 2015. "I'm excited about it; so far it feels great," said Braun. "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 reported to Brewers' camp Wednesday, Feb. 25. He doesn't expect to be limited during spring training but said he'll "have to be conscious" of how many extra swings he takes in spring training so he doesn't overtax the thumb prior to the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Braun was once one of the elite fantasy hitters as recently as a few years ago, but injuries to his right thumb have partially contributed to his slide in the rankings. His upside is immense if his thumb remains healthy, however, a possible re-injury and his decline in performance are reasons to bump him down a round or two from his first-round pick heyday.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:26:20 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) said his thumb feels "significantly better" than at the same point last year. He is participating in baseball activities without any restrictions. "Everything is going well," he said. "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."
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:39:58 -0800
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) said his right thumb is 100 percent healthy after surgery, and he said he doesn't have any pain anymore. "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." Braun said he's been cleared for offseason activities, and he even swung a bat 10 days after the surgery.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:20:50 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) said his thumb is 100% after surgery. "It definitely worked," Braun said.
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:12:16 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) is doing well following surgery to fix a nerve problem in his right thumb, according to general manager Doug Melvin. Braun has been swinging a bat, but he hasn't faced live pitching.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:09:54 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) was able to swing a bat Sunday, Oct. 12, and felt pretty good. He will take more swings later in the week.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:10:41 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) was cleared to swing a bat by physician Vernon Williams, who preformed Braun's cryotherapy procedure Thursday, Oct. 2. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said he did not think Braun would try to hit until later this week, though.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:34:41 -0700
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) will have his thumb checked out Monday, Oct. 6, to ensure there were no adverse reactions to his cryotherapy procedure. Braun will swing a bat to test his pain tolerance, if he checks out alright Monday. This type of procedure has never been attempted on a thumb, but it has been successful on other parts of the body, so it was worth a try, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:41:59 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb Thursday, Oct. 2.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:28:01 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) will undergo a minimally invasive surgery called a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb Thursday, Oct. 2. There is no track record for the procedure, which induces low temperatures to freeze damaged tissue. "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."