Dr. Vernon Williams of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los
Angeles used cryotherapy, which involved applying extreme cold that
freezed the nerve tissue near the thumb, on Thursday in a
non-surgical attempt to treat the injury.
A follow-up appointment is scheduled for Monday to assess the
effectiveness of the procedure on the pain that Braun dealt with
during most of the 2014 season.
Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, batted .266
with 19 homers and 81 RBIs in 135 games this year.
---Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will take the
mound as the Game 1 starter in the National League Division Series
on Friday night in Washington against the San Francisco Giants.
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Thursday his starters for
the first three games in the series. Strasburg will be followed by
Jordan Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66 ERA) in Game 2 and Doug Fister (16-6,
2.41) in Game 3.
The 26-year-old Strasburg will be making his postseason debut. When
the Nationals reached the postseason two years ago, Strasburg did
not pitch after the Nationals shut him down late in the year to
protect his surgically repaired right elbow.
---With the Kansas City Royals playing in the postseason for the
first time in 29 years, tickets for the American League Division
Series are a hot item.
Prices for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels soared
to an average of $211 on Thursday, according to StubHub. And the
prices keep rising. Ticket prices for the game in Kansas City are
higher than in any other city hosting a playoff game this year.
---The Minnesota Twins were to interview Doug Mientkiewicz on
Thursday in their search to replace fired Ron Gardenhire, USA Today
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The Twins also interviewed Hall of Famer Paul Molitor on
Wednesday and are expected to speak with Terry Steinbach about the
Mientkiewicz, a former Minnesota player, managed the Twins'
high-Class A minor league team in Fort Myers, Fla., the past two
seasons. His team won the Florida State League title this year.
---Outfielder Rajai Davis was in the lineup for Game 1 of the
American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles on
Thursday in Baltimore despite a mild groin strain suffered near the
end of the regular season.
Earlier this week, there were reports that Davis might be left off
the ALDS roster because of concerns about the Grade 1 strain. But he
worked out with the team on Wednesday without a problem.
Davis batted .282 with a .721 on-base percentage and 36 stolen bases
in 134 regular-season games.
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