MLB notes: Brewers power hitter Braun missing time

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun runs to first base on a deep fly ball against the Chicago White Sox...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun runs to first base on a deep fly ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Glendale, Arizona, March 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

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Milwaukee Brewers power hitter Ryan Braun missed Monday’s interleague game against the Minnesota Twins with an injury to his right thumb.

The Brewers’ five-time all-star said he suffered the injury two weeks ago, but that the pain has gotten progressively worse.

“We all deal with different things through the course of the season, and you try to compensate and do the best you can,” Braun told MLB.com. “Anything with the hand is tough. I’ve basically been swinging with one hand for two weeks.

Funny enough, the 2011 National League MVP was hitting above his career batting average (.313) with the injury.

“It’s frustrating, because we’re not progressing," Braun said. "It’s not getting any better at all, so it’s just at the point where I need to take the time to get it close to being healthy so I can contribute and do the things I’m used to doing.”

The Brew Crew, who could be without Braun for multiple games, are already without multiple big bats, including third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Corey Hart.

DOCTOR, DOCTOR

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers John Gast and Jake Westbrook met with doctors on Monday due to lingering soreness in their pitching arms.

Westbrook, 35, travelled to Florida to have Dr. James Andrews examine his right elbow, which he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is structurally sound, but “not getting better.”

Westbrook already had three previous operations on his ailing elbow.

Gast, 24, met with Dr. Lyndon Gross in St. Louis after experiencing left shoulder tightness he described as “pretty sore.”

Gast and Westbrook join fellow Cardinals pitchers Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte and Fernando Salas on the team's treatment tables.

PRICE SPEAKS

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price couldn’t provide a timetable for his return, but did say he’s feeling better.

Last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to return from the 15-day DL on Saturday after missing most of May with a strained left triceps.

He’ll begin throwing again this week, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"I honestly have no idea," Price said of when he’ll return. "You have to give it a chance to heal, a chance to get better, and that's what we're doing right now."

While Rays manager Joe Maddon expected his ace to miss three starts, there’s speculation Price could miss more time since he’s yet to throw since being shelved.

"I feel great," Price told the Tribune, "That's probably the toughest thing for me right now is my arm feels the way it does and my body feels the way it does and I'm not able to do anything yet, because we just have to give it time, and I understand that."

BRIEFLY: The Seattle Mariners on Monday called up shortstop Nick Franklin from triple-A Tacoma, according to the Tacoma News Tribune … Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles due to bursitis of the knee, CSNWashington.com reported. Harper could return to the Nats' lineup this week … The Cleveland Indians have placed closer Chris Perez on the 15-day DL with right shoulder soreness. The Indians also announced they’ve call up Nick Hagadone from triple-A Columbus in his place … The Miami Marlins have placed pitcher Alex Sanabia on the 15-day DL with a groin injury and recalled lefty Dan Jennings from triple-A New Orleans … Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata has been placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain retroactive to May 25.


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