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Ryan Braun has numbness in his thumb: surgery a possibility

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The one thing Ryan Braun needed to do this year in order to quiet the naysayers was to put up a typical Ryan Braun season. Well, it wouldn’t quiet all of the naysayers, because even if he passes every drug test for the rest of his life people will say that he’s using some new, undetectable PED because that’s how a lot of people like to think.  We can agree, however, that if he puts up a sucky season that people will say “see, he was a PED creation!”

And they’ll say that even if he’s injured. Which, he seems to be. And it could be serious. His thumb is numb and it could result in surgery:

Braun is in the lineup DHing today in Boston. But if the problem doesn’t go away soon, he could miss a lot of time.

The Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25:  Marc Rzepczynski #35 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.

Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.

On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.

 

Video: Minor leaguer dives over the wall to rob a home run

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Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.

Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: