Braunie's Bum Wrist

Ryan Braun's sprained wrist


Braunie’s Bum Wrist


By Michael Hoblitzell

Of the Media Milwaukee staff


In Sunday’s 11-6 victory over the Houston Astros, Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun collided with Houston first baseman Brett Wallace while running out an infield single, straining his left wrist.

The injury did not appear serious at first, but Braun was held out of Monday’s game as a precautionary.

Before Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, manager Ken Macha gave reporters the latest news on Braun’s injured wrist.

“Braun’s still a little stiff in his wrist; we’ll see how that goes. (Braun’s) Day-to-day,” Macha said.

Braun was optimistic yet unsure about exactly when he would be ready to get back on the field.

“Hopefully sooner than later,” Braun said.

Although that is the answer fans and the team like to hear/believe, Braun did elaborate.

“Every injury is unique, you never know how your body is going to respond or what is going to happen,” Braun said.

Braun tried to take some practice swings Monday to see what he could or could not do with a bat, and his test did not yield positive results.

“It (the wrist) was sore, I tried to swing and couldn’t,” Braun said.

That is more bad news for the Brewers who are already short on healthy outfielders due to Corey Hart’s stiff lower back, and Jody Gerut and Carlos Gomez being on the 15-day disabled list. Macha consulted with head trainer Roger Caplinger about the seriousness of Braun and Hart’s injuries, and when they would be able to return to the lineup. Caplinger’s assessment did not favor “Braunie.”

“Roger is much more encouraged by Corey,” Macha said.

Braun is confident that with the training staff’s help, he will get over the nagging injury.

“The trainers do a great job with us, so I know they’ll do their part and I’ll do mine,” Braun said.

However Braun was reluctant to confirm an early return from the injury, just in case the wrist takes a turn for the worse.

“(That’s why) I don’t like talking about injuries, nothing positive can ever come from it,” Braun said.


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