Although Saturday saw Milwaukee Brewers' left fielder Ryan Braun have his best day in the training room since his injury, he is not expected to swing a bat until next Thursday. He is also most probably sidelined until after the All-Star break.
As reported by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com,
"Braun is on the disabled list because of an irritated nerve between
his right thumb and index finger. He went to the disabled list for the
first time in his career after a visit with specialist Don Sheridan, who
recommended a long period of rest."
""The date he said we should target is pretty far in the future,"
Braun said. "I certainly hope that I'm back before that date, but a
nerve is unlike a muscle or a bone or a tendon or a ligament where there
is a specific amount of time, where you know what you're dealing with.
There's not a whole lot you can do except rest.""
Sheridan indicated that Braun should wait until Braun's hand is almost 100 percent before he begins to swing a bat. He risks having the nerve issue becoming a lingering problem for the rest of his career should he come back too quickly.
Braun will miss the All-Star game for the first time since his rookie season of 2007. In 57 games this season, Braun has a .304 batting average with 9 home runs.