Braun out of Monday lineup; Haudricourt says Brewers 'might have to DL' him
BREWERS -Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun (8) celebrates scoring the leading run after Aramis Ramirez connects for a two-run double to give the Brewers the lead in the eighth inning over the Rockies on opening day as Milwaukee Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on Monday April 1, 2013. Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti
MILWAUKEE - Brewers superstar left fielder Ryan Braun may be missing Monday's game against the Marlins and a few more games, and not for the reason that's been much speculated.
The Brewers sent this tweet out Monday, through spokesman Mike Vassallo:
Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer and 620 WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt tells "Wisconsin's Morning News" that Braun may need to sit out the next two weeks due to a thumb injury, and not just tonight's game against the Miami Marlins (5:35 p.m. on 620WTMJ).
"I'm guessing they might have to 'DL' him," said Haudricourt on Monday.
"I don't know how it's going to solve the problem to just take a day off. If you have a bad thumb, you can't grip the bat. You'd almost be doing him a favor to put him on on the 15-day DL. He hasn't hit a home run in three or four weeks. He's obviously robbed of his power. That's what makes him special...He's a power hitter. He just doesn't have the power right now."
Power is something that Carlos Gomez and other Brewers showcased Sunday in what Haudricourt says may have been " the best game of the year in terms of everything working," a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
"That's about as crisp and one-sided a game as they've played all year."
What did Haudricourt call the key to it? Something they haven't had much of all season long.
"Starting pitching. Kyle Lohse came within three outs of their first complete game in two years," said Haudricourt.
On Friday and Saturday, one of the top bullpens in baseball took over the starting role and gave up seven runs in Milwaukee's two wins on those days.
Milwaukee now has a three-game winning streak going into a nine-game road trip starting in Miami.
"That would seem to be a good team to play now when you're trying to win more games, but you know how crazy baseball is."