MLB notes: Injury to Brewers' Ryan Braun not minor after all

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to first base during a spring training game against the...

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to first base during a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Arizona, March 21, 2013. (REUTERS)

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The runner-up in last year’s National League MVP voting, Ryan Braun, is nursing a more serious injury than first thought.

A second medical opinion has revealed the Milwaukee Brewers star is on the mend for longer than the original 15-day estimate, according to a Thursday report on MLB.com.

“It was nothing that we didn’t expect,” Braun told the website. “What’s kind of nice is we get some clarity, at least. We have a better idea of, confirmation of what we’re dealing with.”

Braun, 29, injured his right hand in the Brewers’ 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on June 9. Fortunately for Braun and the club, surgery is not required.

In 57 games this year, the left-fielder has amassed nine home runs and 36 RBI while hitting .304.

PHILLIES’ PAPELBON CALLS OUT TEAMMATES

Jonathan Papelbon knew he let his teammates down after blowing a save opportunity Wednesday night in an attempted Philadelphia Phillies sweep of the Washington Nationals.

He admitted to not executing.

And then he ripped into his teammates.

“Everything from the pitchers making the correct pitches, to pitchers backing up the right bases, to the outfield moving on counts, to the infield moving on counts. Everything that goes into every pre-pitch. We’ve got to do better,” Papelbon told reporters.

Heading into Thursday’s MLB action, the Phillies are 35-38 and eight games back of the second wild card spot in the National League.

“To be able to win and be in the forefront of the playoff race, you have to play good fundamental baseball and do the little things, and the little things are before the pitches are thrown,” he continued. “There’s 150 pitches thrown by our pitchers and before every one of those we have to make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position to be the best we can before each pitch.”

BRIEFLY

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos should begin playing in rehab games within the next 10 days, according to a Thursday report from MASNSports.com … Texas Rangers pitcher Joakim Soria began a rehab assignment in double-A Thursday. He hasn’t appeared in a MLB game since September 2011 … Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler “may have another x-ray to make sure his right finger isn’t fractured,” according to MLB.com. Fowler injured his finger in a game last Thursday …


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