Ryan Braun swings bat for first time since thumb procedure

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Ryan Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his ailing right thumb on October 2, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he has already resumed swinging a bat.

While cryotherapy sounds like something out of “Terminator 2,” the procedure involved having a nerve in his thumb exposed to subzero temperatures with a needle. Braun has been dealing with the injury dating back to the early part of the 2013 season, so the hope is that it will allow him to grip a bat without pain again. There isn’t much of a track record of this sort of thing with baseball players, but this procedure isn’t as risky or invasive as removing the nerve altogether. So they’ll try this route first.

Braun struggled through the injury this season, finishing with a career-low .777 OPS. He had a .669 OPS during the second half.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”