CINCINNATI - The Brewers have placed outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day DL with an injured right thumb, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. The team will make a corresponding roster move on Saturday.
Braun, 29, has not played since Sunday, when he left the game after three innings. He took batting practice Friday and continued to feel discomfort, so the DL move was made. The injury is being described as inflammation around a nerve between his right thumb and index finger.
In 57 games this year, Braun is hitting .304/.380/.509 (139 OPS+) with nine home runs in 242 plate appearances. This is the first DL stint of his career, which has spanned parts of seven seasons now.
Milwaukee has been playing Logan Schafer in left field during Braun's absence. The 26-year-old Schafer is hitting .225/.279/.300 on the season.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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