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What We Learned: Ryan Braun needs more cryotherapy

Ryan Braun has left the team to return to Los Angeles for a second cryotherapy procedure. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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During the offseason, Ryan Braun had a cryotherapy procedure to numb a nerve in his thumb so he could swing a bat properly again. Two months into the season, it appears to be working as Ryan Braun is getting closer to being in his old form. However, we got a jolt of reality yesterday when the Brewers announced that Braun had left the team to go to Los Angeles to have a second procedure performed.

After the initial shock passed, news came out that this isn't anything to be concerned about yet. It's more maintenance than anything else, and Ryan Braun could need these treatments indefinitely through the rest of his career. However, as long as he does not have the treatment too often (no more than once every four months), it will be safe for his thumb. He's expected to return during the Twins series, and potentially as soon as Friday.

Yesterday's Results

Cardinals 7, Brewers 4

A five-run first inning by the Cardinals was too much for the Brewers to overcome as they dropped the series finale to the Cardinals yesterday. Jimmy Nelson was roughed up in his start, allowing five runs in that first inning and seven runs overall. The Brewers chipped away at that lead as the game went on and had the tying run up at the plate in the ninth inning, but Jonathan Lucroy grounded into a double play to end the game.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 20-32 Fresno 4, Colorado Springs 1 Fresno @ Colorado Springs
Biloxi Shuckers AA 32-20 Biloxi 6, Birmingham 3 Biloxi @ Birmingham
Brevard County Manatees A+ 23-29 Brevard County 5, Daytona 2 Dunedin @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 16-37 Wisconsin 3, Lake County 2 Lake County @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 1-3 DSL Brewers 9, DSL Rangers2 5 DSL Brewers @ DSL Braves

News & Notes

NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 35 18
Pirates 29 24
Cubs 27 24
Reds 22 29
Brewers 18 36
  • Pirates 5, Giants 2
  • Marlins 7, Cubs 3
  • Phillies 5, Reds 4

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) - 6:05 pm
  • Reds (Anthony DeSclafani) @ Phillies (Aaron Harang) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @ Dodgers (Carlos Frias) - 9:10 pm
  • Pirates have the day off.
Around Baseball

Roster News

Other Notes

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off. They return to action on Friday to start a three-game series against the Twins.