Ryan Braun back in Thursday’s lineup

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After missing two straight starts due to a lingering right thumb injury, Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins.

Braun has been dealing with a nerve problem in his thumb dating back to the beginning of the season, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said earlier this week that it has now morphed into a full-blown hand issue. It sounds like he’ll be evaluated on a day-to-day basis moving forward. The injury has cleared impacted his production at the plate, as he’s batting just .229 with seven homers and a .676 OPS since the All-Star break.

With Braun back in the lineup tonight, the Brewers have the hot-hitting Gerardo Parra in left field while Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Khris Davis is getting the night off due to a minor forearm injury. The Brewers begin play tonight at 75-71, 1 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. The Braves are also 1 1/2 games back.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.