Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says Ryan Braun’s thumb issue is now a full hand issue

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As if the free-falling Brewers needed any more bad news …

Gerardo Parra is starting in Braun’s place on Tuesday night against the Marlins and might have to serve as the club’s primary right fielder going forward if Braun can no longer manage this lingering injury. Braun has been bothered by nerve problems in his right thumb since the first week of the regular season and he is currently sporting a career-worst .794 OPS. He’s batting just .230/.280/.397 since the All-Star break.

Milwaukee has dropped 12 of its last 13 games and would not have a place in the 2014 playoff mix if the season ended right now. This after leading the National League Central for 159 consecutive days.