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While it will still be some time before Ryan Braun returns to the active roster, he has finally been cleared to start swinging a bat. Braun has been unable to do so for the entirety of his time on the disabled list so far. Yesterday, we covered Braun's expected timetable for return, but the fact that he can swing a bat slightly earlier than originally reported is good news.
Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Ryan Braun will start taking swings on Tuesday. From there, the club will evaluate his hand and make sure Braun is not prone to re-injure himself. The Brewers have been happy with Braun's rehab lately, so this was the next logical step.
"Today was about as good as it's been for him from one day to another, so that's encouraging," manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday. "We'll see where he is."
Braun has been on the DL since the middle of June, but he has been battling a hand injury for well over a month. Braun tried to play through the injury, but after constant rest, he was not getting better. The Brewers chose to place him on the DL with hopes that he would be back in the minimum time allowed. That has not happened.
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He has been playing injured for parts of this season, but Braun has shown no signs of letting up offensively. He is hitting .304/.380/.509 with nine home runs. He hit 41 home runs last season and 33 in his 2011 MVP season.
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