Ryan Braun is sidelined again. Just a few days ago, he suffered from back tightness. Now, it is his left calf holding him out of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup.
This is not a new injury for Ryan Braun. For much of the Milwaukee Brewers 2017 season, Ryan Braun struggled with nagging left calf tightness. He spent a few different stints on the 10-day disabled list last season with the same injury.
It is unfortunate news for the Crew, though. Just when it seemed like the injury plague was over, this news surfaced.
And for Braun, the news is even worse. After a 2017 season where he struggled with a multitude of injuries, his 2018 season may be no different.
First it was his forearm and trapezeus. Then, the calf injury forced him to spend a significant amount of time. According to Fangraphs, he only played in 104 games during the 2017 season for the Milwaukee Brewers. It may not seem like an alarming statistic, but he missed a big chunk of games.
As mentioned before, he spent two separate stints on the DL with the injury. But that wasn’t the end to his string of injuries. He played the remainder of the season with a hurt wrist. Though he made it work, it definitely hindered his success at the plate.
Ryan Braun being injured is almost becoming a trend.
Depending on the seriousness of this injury, he may miss a few more games than he would like to. The good news, though, is that the Milwaukee Brewers have enough depth to survive without Ryan Braun in the lineup.
His back injury was mild, and the hope is that the calf injury will prove to be the same.
Christian Yelich is back in the lineup, and Eric Thames is once again excelling in April. That covers both the spot at first base and in left field. Plus, if one of the other outfielders needs a day off, Hernan Perez can fill in. And if Eric Thames is in need of an off day, Jesus Aguilar is available.
Even if this is a long-term injury, the Milwaukee Brewers should still find success, as other players have returned from injury. Granted, that also depends on if those players can stay healthy (knock on wood).