Ryan Braun was once again forced to leave a game for the Milwaukee Brewers with an injury this weekend. This time it was back spasms that forced him to exit Saturday’s game and then be removed from the starting lineup on Sunday.
Add this to a list of dings and dents for Braun this season that has included a rib cage and thumb injury. While he has been forced to the DL once already, Braun does not believe that these back spasms will be anything serious or force him to miss extended time.
Braun had the following to say about his status this week (quotes Adam McCalvy of MLB.com):
I knew with my thumb that it’s just going to be there; it’s not going to magically disappear. And aside from that, everybody deals with different things throughout the course of the season. It just happens. Most of the time, when you’re able to get through them, you guys don’t know about 90 percent of the stuff that all of us deal with unless guys don’t play…
…There’s never a good time for any injury, but obviously I’ve felt better over the last couple of weeks. I’ve swung the bat really well. I’ve gotten healthier. Things are going well, so hopefully a day or two, just a minimal thing, get right back in there and keep doing what I’ve been doing.
Braun’s line on the season is up to .288/.347/.507 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI. In the context of an often challenging season as he attempts to repair his post-PED image, Braun is once again on pace to make a huge impact in the middle of the lineup for a team in a playoff race. As long as this injury proves to be nothing serious and Braun can stay healthy, things are pointing up for him and the Brewers.