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Braun swung a bat Sunday and said it "felt pretty good," the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

This was the first time he has taken swings since his thumb surgery, and he will take more swings later this week. He is fully expected to be ready for the start of spring training, and hopefully the surgery will allow him to be 100 percent for much of 2015, after the thumb bothered him throughout 2014.

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Braun (thumb) has been cleared to swing a bat, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Braun went for a follow-up visit with his physician Monday, a mere four days after undergoing a cryotherapy procedure on his troublesome right thumb, and received the go-ahead to resume swinging. He isn't expected to try to hit until later in the week, but when he does, Braun should be able to gauge whether his pain tolerance has improved to a significant extent. The nerve issue has prevented Braun from properly gripping a bat since early in the 2013 campaign, and it worsened as this season progressed, resulting in a .226/.295/.374 second-half batting line for the 30-year-old.

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Braun (thumb) underwent a cryotherapy procedure Thursday.

The minimally invasive procedure will clean up some nerve damage that has been ongoing in Braun's thumb for quite some time now. Braun will meet with doctors Monday and is expected to swing a bat to test his pain tolerance. If everything checks out, Braun will likely rest for a short period before returning to normal offseason activities.

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Braun will undergo a minimally-invasive surgical procedure on his thumb Thursday morning in Los Angeles, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Braun, who is in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs for the Brewers' season finale, has been playing with an ongoing nerve issue with his right thumb for most of the season, with his offensive production especially weakened in the second half (.228/.295/.379 over 254 plate appearances). The outfielder's greatest difficulty has come with gripping the bat, a problem he expects the procedure to fully resolve. Braun will turn 31 in November and believes he can return to the level of superstar-caliber play he delivered over his previous seven seasons, but there's plenty of reason to be pessimistic. His slugging percentage already noticed a steep dip in 2013 while he played amid an ongoing investigation for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic, and the track record players regaining power after the age of 30 is not promising.

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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that there have been some internal discussions about moving Braun to first base, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I haven't talked enough with [GM Doug Melvin] about it to even know if there would be a reason to do it," Roenicke said. "I think he's a good defender in the outfield, learning a new position that he picked up pretty fast. I think he'll continue to get better in right. We haven't approached (Braun) about it. It's just kind of what the needs are. We have [Gerardo Parra] here now and we need to figure out what to do with him for next year."

First base has been a glaring hole for the Brewers all season, with Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay failing to provide adequate production at the position. The team has given Matt Clark some time at first in recent weeks, and Jason Rogers even got a start there Thursday, but neither is a viable long-term option, nor is former second-round pick Hunter Morris. Thus, the Brewers are forced to consider other options, and Braun would make some sense, considering he came up as a third baseman and Parra is a Gold Glove caliber defender in the outfield, but it sounds like the talks of moving Braun are in the very early stages.

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Braun (thumb) hit a solo home run in Thursday's 4-2 win over Miami.

Braun had missed the last couple of games with soreness in his right thumb, but returned to launch his 19th homer of the season. Barring any setbacks, it should be OK to get him back in your lineup.

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Braun (thumb) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Absent from the lineup the last two days due to increased soreness in his right thumb, Braun will tough it out and play Thursday as the Brewers look to walk away with a split in the series against Miami. Braun is 4-for-10 with two doubles and a homer in his career against Thursday's starter Nathan Eovaldi, but he's just 4-for-21 without an extra-base hit so far in September.

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Braun (thumb) is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

It was reported Tuesday that his thumb has been bothering him more of late, and while he made a pinch-hit appearance and remained in Tuesday's game, it's not surprising to see the Brewers leave him out of the lineup after he saw two at-bats the previous night. Look for he and Gerardo Parra to share time in right field, at least in the short term. He'll likely be available again off the bench Wednesday.

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Braun's right thumb has been bothering him even more of late, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Manager Ron Roenicke suggested the thumb discomfort that has hindered Braun's ability to grip a bat throughout the entire season has just recently spread to his hand, leading to his day off Tuesday. It does sound like Braun will continue playing through the issue, but he's batting just .230 since the All-Star break and it's uncertain how effective he'll be. Braun said he's discussed possible surgical options but none of the experts with whom he's consulted has provided enough of a guarantee that the problem would be corrected through surgery.

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Braun is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

Despite some lingering pain in his right thumb, Braun was able to tough it out and play in the final three games of the Cardinals series as well as the opener against Miami. The issue seems the be clearly inhibiting his abilities at the plate, however, as Braun's batting just .175 with one extra-base hit in his last 11 games. Manager Ron Roenicke will give him a day to rest up, slotting Gerardo Parra in right field in his absence.