Ryan Braun Injury: Updates on Brewers Star's Recovery from Back Surgery

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) reacts after striking out while batting against the Washington Nationals during a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun continues to rehabilitate from offseason back surgery. 

Continue for updates.

Braun's Recovery from Surgery Behind Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 31

Braun isn't expected to be fully rehabilitated before the start of camp, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. He could still be ready in time for Opening Day, however.

He had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back a week after the 2015 season ended.

Braun, 32, hit .285 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI last season.   

He is one of the few remaining impact players in Milwaukee—along with Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis—as the Brewers undergo a rebuilding phase. That process continued Saturday, when the team traded shortstop Jean Segura to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a five-player deal, per the Associated press (via ESPN). 

Braun isn't allowing the rebuild to adversely affect him, however, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

He added, "I look forward to it. We're not breaking up a juggernaut team," per McCalvy

That perhaps came in response to comments Lucroy made recently, saying he wanted to play for a World Series title and that he didn't see the Brewers as a playoff contender this year. He also added, "Rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy," per Haudricourt.

Of course, despite Braun's public acceptance of the rebuild, he could nonetheless become a very popular trade target, namely if he returns from his back issues and continues to post big numbers. Braun remains one of the most well-rounded players in all of baseball, so teams will come calling if the Brewers struggle early and he is posting big numbers.