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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, injuries, ryan braun

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   1. Bug Selig Posted: April 05, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4680090)
That's a shame. Maybe there's some kind of topical treatment he could try.

Mr. Braun, there's a Mr. Karma holding on line 2...
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 05, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4680111)
steroid withdrawal is a bee-yatch
   3. TRBMB Posted: April 05, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4680123)
What a terrible shame if this lying piece of crap can't play anymore. Justice served, Good riddance.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 05, 2014 at 09:02 PM (#4680127)
Braun has $123 million of guaranteed money coming. Where can I get me some of that hammer of justice?
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 05, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4680128)
Wow, apparently he does want to get into specifics.
   6. Publius Publicola Posted: April 05, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4680130)
Translation: I really suck now because I have very little natural ability and I can't roid up so if I go out there and stink the joint out, everybody will know I'm just a product of illegal PEDs.
   7. Quaker Posted: April 05, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4680161)
Yeah, it seems pretty likely that PEDs can take a guy w/very little natural ability and make him league MVP.
   8. base ball chick Posted: April 05, 2014 at 11:26 PM (#4680163)
quaker
yep
it has happened all the time
look at manny alexander and yonder alonso and JC romero, just to name a few. and andy pettitte won the cy young 6 years straight and after he was exposed as a lying cheat by that sterling character witness brain McNamee, he couldn't even throw like a grrl
   9. Publius Publicola Posted: April 05, 2014 at 11:37 PM (#4680165)
Melky Cabrera

Case closed
   10. base ball chick Posted: April 05, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4680168)
freddy galvis

case closed
   11. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 06, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4680171)
I rest my case.

You rest your case?

Oh, uh, I thought that was just a figure of speech. Case closed!
   12. Sunday silence Posted: April 06, 2014 at 01:07 AM (#4680178)
I get the karma connection, that much is obvious. Is there any relationship to the theory that Trout should have held out for more money because the chance of him getting significantly injured and his value seriously diminished is infintesimal?
   13. Quaker Posted: April 06, 2014 at 03:03 AM (#4680185)
Oh ok Kevin. I'm going to run a 12 week test-E and deca stack. Expect to see me in the majors by July. Stash me on your fantasy team.
   14. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 06, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4680263)
There is no evidence steroid use leads to hand injuries.

There is absolute proof Ryan Braun put his teams needs ahead of his own interests. He continued to use steroids even after locking down $140M in guaranteed monies, regardless of the possible health risks and damage to his personal reputation, just so he could work out harder and longer. And now he guts out a painful thumb injury instead of taking an easy out with surgery. He should be up in the pantheon of all time great baseball players, with Ruth, Cobb, Rose, Gibson, et al, and also up in the pantheon of great Americans and true role models.
   15. Perry Posted: April 06, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4680277)
If only there were something he could do to speed up the healing process....
   16. Manny Coon Posted: April 06, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4680292)
There is absolute proof Ryan Braun put his teams needs ahead of his own interests. He continued to use steroids even after locking down $140M in guaranteed monies, regardless of the possible health risks and damage to his personal reputation, just so he could work out harder and longer. And now he guts out a painful thumb injury instead of taking an easy out with surgery. He should be up in the pantheon of all time great baseball players, with Ruth, Cobb, Rose, Gibson, et al, and also up in the pantheon of great Americans and true role models.


How are you going to give 110% without PED's? It's mathematically impossible.
   17. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: April 06, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4680426)
I like to think that the Hebrew God Elohim is punishing Braun for bearing false witness against his neighbor Dino Laurenzi, Jr.
   18. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: April 06, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4680469)
If only there were something he could do to speed up the healing process....


Would it be legal to amputate the thumb and install a mechanical hook-thumb-thing? Because that would be awesome.
   19. Publius Publicola Posted: April 06, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4680481)
Excellent satire in #14, PotArb. Really excellent.
   20. madvillain Posted: April 06, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4680509)
also up in the pantheon of great Americans and true role models


Yep, all aspiring ######## should pattern their game after Braun. Just like all aspiring artists should pattern their game after the portraits of George W. Bush.

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