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If the Biogenesis concerns were not enough for Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers, the slugger is also battling a thumb injury that is becoming increasingly troublesome. Braun had to leave yesterday's game because of the thumb, and his manager is starting to get concerned. Braun only got one at-bat before being abruptly removed from the game.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com says Ron Roenicke has expressed concern about the thumb multiple times, but he spoke with "urgency" prior to yesterday's game. Roenicke will use off days strategically to get Braun extra rest, but the hope is that the slugger will be healthy enough to play the whole game when he's in the lineup. That wasn't the case yesterday.
“We’ve got to figure out what to do there,” Roencike said. “We’ve got to start going in the right direction with him, and sometimes it’s not. … I’m hoping we don’t have to [place him on the disabled list], but we start making gains and he says, ‘Yeah, I feel really good today,’ and then all of a sudden it’s a bad day and a setback."
Braun's numbers are good this season, but they are slightly off. McCalvy and other have said that Braun is adjusting his swing to compensate for the injury. There are two things that can happen when a player does that. They will either produce less or they will suffer an injury somewhere else. It's a lose-lose scenario that may ultimately land Braun on the DL. However, right now there is no talk of a DL stint.
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Braun is currently under investigation by Major League Baseball for his ties to Anthony Boesch, the disgraced former owner of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in Miami. Braun was allegedly tied to performance-enhancing drugs received from the clinic. He has denied those allegations and said he had only consulted with Boesch regarding his suspension hearing in 2011.
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