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.