Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup this afternoon against the Twins after missing two games following another cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb.
Braun initially had the procedure in October, which involves exposing a nerve in his thumb to sub-zero temperatures. This week’s follow-up was essentially pre-planned maintenance aimed at keeping him close to 100 percent as the season moves along. The Brewers were originally hoping that he’d be able to return to the lineup Sunday, so that he’s back sooner than expected is good news about how he’s feeling.
Braun, 31, is batting .258/.332/.489 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI over 52 games this season. He struggled out of the gate, but has hit 11 home runs with a .960 OPS over his last 33 games.
Ryan Braun is away from the Brewers in order to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his injured right thumb.
According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com it’s a pre-planned absence intended to keep Braun from needing significant time off throughout the season and the Brewers are hoping he’ll be back in the lineup by Sunday.
Braun got off to a rough start this season, but he’s hit .293 with seven homers and a .972 OPS in his last 25 games dating back to early May.
According the world’s leading expert on all things medical, Wikipedia, cryotherapy “is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy … to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage.”
Brewers outfielder Khris Davis underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee suffered Saturday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Davis was off to a good start this season, hitting .250 with five homers and a .783 OPS to top his 2014 production, but the Brewers are well-equipped to handle the loss of an outfielder thanks to having Gerardo Parra in a part-time role.
Parra will be an everyday player with Davis out, playing alongside Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun.