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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Braun: ‘Counterproductive’ to play right now

A nicer guy, etc.

Here’s a transcript of what Ryan Braun had to say about his absence from the Brewers’ lineup today because of a mixture of pain and numbness in his right thumb…

Is the trouble the pain? That he can’t grip the bat? Can’t feel it?

“All of the above,” Braun said. “The analogy is like, if you touch a hot stove, no matter how badly you want to keep your hand there, the natural reaction will be to take your hand off of it. That’s kind of what happens every time I make contact when it gets bad. No matter what I want to do or try to do, I can’t keep two hands on the bat. I’ve tried lots of different things, lots of different padding. Hopefully, we’ll figure something out, some type of treatment, something that eventually helps.”...

So why didn’t Braun have surgery last year during his suspension?

“The only two surgeries we knew of last year, neither of them were appealing,” he said. “Look, I rely on the advice of people who are much more knowledgeable on this stuff that I am. The only two surgeries they described last year, one is I would never feel anything in my thumb again, because they would completely remove the nerve. That doesn’t make sense just long-term, living life. The other one, there would be nerve endings, because they would remove the nerve but the nerve endings would still be there, which could be really painful, and [Dr. Don Sheridan, the specialist who examined Braun several times] said he didn’t think that would be a great option, either. Then, when we saw him in the spring, there is a third option that he thinks could potentially work, but it’s not something that’s been done very often. Without getting into too many details, because I’m not an expert and I don’t want to say something that’s inaccurate, I know it hasn’t been done a lot but it’s something that he thought might work.”...

He dealt with the same pain in his hand last season, when Braun’s power was drained by the issue beginning in May. He said the problem began not when he was jammed by a pitch, but when he hit a ball off the end of the bat. .. “My thumb was numb. The whole thumb was numb. But I didn’t know. There’s always little things within the hand. You get jammed, you hit a ball off the end of the bat, your hand hurts. You just kind of assume it’ll go away after a couple of days. That’s what I was hoping would occur. It didn’t. And still hasn’t.”

He compared it to getting hit on the funny bone.

“That’s exactly what it feels like,” Braun said. “If you hit the funny bone, and the funny bone never got better for eight months. Not even minimally better. … In light of everything I’m dealing with, it makes it a little bit more frustrating for me than it would otherwise. I just deal with it the best I can. That’s all I can do.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 05, 2014 at 06:04 PM | 20 comment(s)
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