Braun on thumb surgery: ‘It worked’

Brew Beat

Ryan Braun won’t know for sure until February or March, after he begins the grind of another baseball season and fends off a few 95 mph inside fastballs. But so far, it appears his October thumb surgery was a success.

“It definitely worked,” Braun said Wednesday, when the Brewers right fielder took part in a Thanksgiving food drive at Miller Park. “It made a huge difference.”

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, in which a needle was inserted at the base of his right thumb to essentially freeze a troublesome nerve that forced Braun to alter his mechanics throughout 2014, contributing to the least productive season of his career.

Ten days later, Braun swung a bat for the first time and was relieved to find the pain had disappeared.

“Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years,” he said. “I think I’ve…

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