• It as been a slow few days for any important injury news. Most of my work was concentrated on the unofficial disabled list.
Molina said his thumb isn’t as swollen or tender now as it had been a day earlier, and he’ll continue to ice it while refraining from all baseball activities. He’ll be reevaluated by early next week to determine what the next step may be. Asked if he thought he’d be back behind the plate before the end of the regular season, Molina said: “I think so. I hope so.”
“Obviously, you follow what the trainers say,” he added. “You want to follow their lead. But you have to be patient. You can’t rush things. Right now, I’m in that period. I want to take my time until it feels good.”
Ryan Braun missed a third straight start on Monday with a stiff back and confirmed what has been apparent: He will need surgery after the season to correct the issue.
“I’ve known that for a couple of months,” Braun said before the Brewers played the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “If it were to get worse, it would prolong the recovery time, so that’s what we’re trying to avoid. It’s kind of a fine line that we’re walking there.”
With just two weeks left in the regular season and with the Brewers well out of contention, Braun was asked if it would be prudent just to shut it down.
“It’s kind of a challenging situation, just kind of understanding what I’m dealing with in my back,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play, I want to get out there, but I don’t want to risk significantly prolonging the recovery process of the procedure I’m going to have.
• The Braves aren’t sure if Mike Foltynewicz will be ready for the start of the 2016 season after he had part of a rib removed to help with blood clots in his shoulder.
The Braves announced that Foltynewicz underwent a surgical procedure to remove the anterior half of his first rib. Dr. William Mayfield performed the procedure at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga.
Foltynewicz will undergo further evaluation over the next couple of days and could be released from the hospital Thursday. Once released, he will be on blood thinners for at least six weeks.
The Braves said it is too early to know when Foltynewicz will be cleared to resume physical activities during the offseason.
Players on the DL in 2015
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Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.