Ryan Braun to undergo thumb procedure on Thursday

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Ryan Braun is in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s season finale against the Cubs, but as soon as that game ends he will begin prepping for surgery that will hopefully correct a nerve issue in his right thumb that has been a source of discomfort since the early part of the 2013 campaign.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes Sunday that Braun will travel to the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles on Thursday morning to have a cryotherapy procedure performed on the thumb by specialist Vernon Williams.

This procedure — which involves the freezing of damaged tissue — has never been performed on a thumb, but it’s been successful on other parts of the body and the Brewers and Braun feel like it’s worth a shot.

“When you can’t use your top hand as a baseball player, it drastically alters everything you do,” Braun told the Journal Sentinel this weekend. “I’ve tried to adjust; I’ve tried to find a way to deal with it the best I could. At times, I’ve been OK. But, for the most part, it’s been really difficult, really challenging and very frustrating.”

Braun is batting just .228/.295/.379 in 61 games since the All-Star break and .268/.325/.455 overall.

The 30-year-old outfielder is owed $107 million in guaranteed money through the 2021 season.

Starling Marte carted off field after outfield collision

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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.

The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.

The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.