Braun's brother suffers serious ankle injury
Steve Braun, the younger brother of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, fractured his ankle in Class A Wisconsin’s extra-inning win on Saturday and could miss the rest of the season, the Appleton Post-Crescent is reporting.
“I’m assuming,” Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom told the newspaper. “I don’t know that for a fact. There’s nothing he can do here for us. He’ll be on his way somewhere, some place. I don’t know where – Arizona or back home. There’s not much you can do when you have a fracture.”
From the Post Crescent’s blog:
Braun fractured his ankle during a squeeze play situation in which he broke to the plate and then retreated when the Chiefs called for a pitchout.
He joined the club earlier this month when second baseman Brett Lawrie was placed on the disabled list after undergoing minor nose surgery and performed well enough to keep his roster spot.
Braun hit .265 (nine hits in 34 at-bats) and drove in four in 12 games.
“He came in and exceeded my expectations,” Isom said. “And I think from the organization standpoint, he exceeded their expectations, as well. He was a tough out. He did a very good job in the field for us when Brett had his injury.
“The way he played the game, we had to continue putting him in the lineup. I liked the way he went about his business, a real professional. He played the game hard, and that goes a long way with me.”
The same report updated the status of outfielder Chris Dennis, who also suffered an ankle injury in the game. Dennis’ agent, Josh Kusnick, who just told me that the player has a tendon injury and could miss 4-6 weeks.
Kusnick, many of you know, also represents top pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress, who faces a 100-game suspension after failing his second drug test. Major League Baseball will probably make the announcement early this week.
Presumably to fill Jeffress’ spot at Class A Brevard County, the Brewers promoted another Kusnick client, right-hander Alex Periard from Wisconsin. Periard started the season late because of a shoulder injury but posted a 3.18 ERA in his three starts for Isom and the Timber Rattlers.
Braun and Dennis remain on Wisconsin’s active roster at the moment while the organization ponders roster moves.