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Ryan Braun has numbness in his thumb: surgery a possibility

Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 09: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers grounds out in the bottom of the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on July 09, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

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The one thing Ryan Braun needed to do this year in order to quiet the naysayers was to put up a typical Ryan Braun season. Well, it wouldn’t quiet all of the naysayers, because even if he passes every drug test for the rest of his life people will say that he’s using some new, undetectable PED because that’s how a lot of people like to think. We can agree, however, that if he puts up a sucky season that people will say “see, he was a PED creation!”

And they’ll say that even if he’s injured. Which, he seems to be. And it could be serious. His thumb is numb and it could result in surgery:

Short version: Thumb is numb because of a nerve problem. So he can’t tell how hard he’s gripping the ball & has developed bad blisters.

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 4, 2014

Braun’s options: Figure a way to manage it, or surgery. Doesn’t want to even talk about the latter option yet. More to come on the site.

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 4, 2014

Braun is in the lineup DHing today in Boston. But if the problem doesn’t go away soon, he could miss a lot of time.