Brewers’ Braun more concerned with thumb injury than strong Spring start

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Ryan Braun hit his second home run and collected two hits in as many at-bats as the Milwaukee Brewers drubbed the Oakland A’s, 7-2 Wednesday in a Cactus League game at Maryvale Baseball Park.

He singled in his first at-bat in the first inning and hit a long solo homer to left off Jarrod Parker to lead off the fourth and tie the game at 1-1.

Braun is now hitting .857 on the spring – 6 for 7 with a double, two homers and three runs batted in over four games.

However, he downplayed his spring-training statistics as meaningless.

“Whether I’m 0 for 7 or 7 for 7 at this point, it makes no difference. You can’t take them with you during the season.”

Braun is more concerned about coping with a right-thumb contusion that bothered him through the first half of last season.

He I still gets ice or treatment but will avoid methods that could alter his grip on the bat.

Last season, Braun tried pads on the handle of his bats as well as padding.

“Anything that inhibits my typical swing I strongly dislike,” he said. “We tried a lot of different things last year; I never really got comfortable with them. So I just said I’m not going to do anything this year and hope for the best.”

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