Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun just hasn’t looked the part this season.
While he isn’t struggling like a Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp, he’s still not himself, despite hitting a very respectable .305 with 9 home runs and 36 RBI through 56 games this year.
Some have suggested the constant rumors of performance enhancing drugs have bothered Braun but a lingering thumb injury is the more likely cause as the power bat has only clubbed two home runs in his past 27 games.
The thumb injury isn’t bothering just Braun though as Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed concern over the injury.
Per Brew Beat:
“We’ve got to figure out what to do there,” Roencike said. “We’ve got to start going in the right direction with him, and sometimes it’s not. … I’m hoping we don’t have to [place him on the disabled list], but we start making gains and he says, ‘Yeah, I feel really good today,’ and then all of a sudden it’s a bad day and a setback.
“We keep going this back and forth. He’s out there playing, hitting third for us, and I expect the Braun that I’ve seen for the last two years, and he’s not the same. He’s still getting hits, he’s still helping us win games, but he’s not that guy that can carry a team like I know he can.”
Update: And like clockwork, Braun has left the game today with a thumb injury.