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MLB roundup: Braun undergoes procedure on injured thumb

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[October 03, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping a medical procedure done on outfielder Ryan Braun's right thumb will alleviate the nerve problem.

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 reported.

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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 position.

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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