Ryan Braun back in lineup after missing two games following thumb procedure

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Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup this afternoon against the Twins after missing two games following another cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb.

Braun initially had the procedure in October, which involves exposing a nerve in his thumb to sub-zero temperatures. This week’s follow-up was essentially pre-planned maintenance aimed at keeping him close to 100 percent as the season moves along. The Brewers were originally hoping that he’d be able to return to the lineup Sunday, so that he’s back sooner than expected is good news about how he’s feeling.

Braun, 31, is batting .258/.332/.489 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI over 52 games this season. He struggled out of the gate, but has hit 11 home runs with a .960 OPS over his last 33 games.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.