Ryan Braun plans to spend the bare minimum amount of time on the disabled list. If he has his way and the Milwaukee Brewers agree that he is ready to go, Braun will be activated off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
When the Brewers placed Braun on the DL last week it was retroactive to April 27th, making him eligible to return that much sooner. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Braun intends to be in the lineup the first day he can come back:
Ryan Braun took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a right rib-cage strain, and he told coaches he expects to spend the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list.”
Manager Ron Roenicke spoke about Braun’s status and seemed to mostly agree with the player’s self-assessment (also from MLB.com):
He says he feels good. He hit [Tuesday] in the cage again, said he felt good. He thinks he’s going to be ready in time.”
The Brewers’ hot start lost just a touch of its shine because of some injuries and suspensions. Braun’s ability to return as soon as he is able could be a key factor to keep the NL Central race interesting with the summer months approaching…even if opposing crowds still are not terribly fond of him.