The Brewers have placed Ryan Braun on the 15-day Disabled List with a contusion in his right thumb, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The move is retroactive to June 10. Caleb Gindl will be called up from Triple-A to take Braun's place, according to Mike Vassallo, the team's senor director of media relations.
It is unclear when the injury first occurred, but Braun has apparently been dealing with it for some time. Although prior to June 9 he was able to play through it, the injury may have been impacting his play for most of May. He has not hit a home run since May 22, and that last shot came after a 10-game drought. The injury intensified last Sunday, when he was removed from the game against the Phillies. According to McCalvy, he tried to find a solution that would allow him to swing freely in a batting cage session on Friday but was unable to do so.
This will be Braun's first trip to the disabled list in his seven-year career. He is hitting .304/.380/.509 on the season with nine home runs and 36 RBI.
Twenty-four-year old outfielder Gindl will get his first chance in the majors. He was a fifth-round pick for the Brewers out of high school in 2007 and is hitting .274/.341/.456 with Triple-A Nashville this season.