What we saw in 2016 was as close to the old Ryan Braun as we've seen since his 2013 PED suspension, and more relevantly, since the injuries that limited him to just 61 games in 2014. Braun finished with a .305 average and 30 home runs, the first time he reached either of those marks since 2012. While he lacks the explosive pull power that made him great in his young age, he has developed into one of the best opposite field hitters in baseball. According to FanGraphs, Braun owned a .446 batting average and .732 slugging percentage to right field, both ranking in the top 10 in the major leagues.
Braun isn't in the lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Rockies. It seems kind of odd that Braun would sit out the season finale but no injury label has surfaced to this point. Jake Elmore will replace him in left field Sunday, batting eighth for the Brewers.
Braun (wrist) is back in Wednesday's lineup, hitting third and manning left field against the Rangers. He sat out Tuesday with a sore wrist, but it was a minor ailment and he's back in the three hole against Cole Hamels and the Rangers. Braun has had his best offensive season since 2012 (135 wRC+), and is looking like the type of player who could continue to age quite well, although it's fair to wonder how many seasons with double-digit stolen bases the 32-year-old outfielder has left.
Braun is out of Tuesday's lineup with a wrist injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Braun is experiencing wrist soreness, which is why the Brewers decided to start Michael Reed in left field Tuesday evening. Fortunately for Milwaukee, Braun is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. However, consider him day-to-day until then.
Braun is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. Braun started the past five games, but with the Brewers eliminated from playoff contention, the Brewers will give their star a day off to evaluate younger options. Michael Reed will take over in left field to fill the void.
Braun (personal) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, batting third and playing left field. Braun took the past two games off to attend to the birth of his son, but the outfielder is back with the team Thursday and ready to play again. The 32-year-old will likely slot in as the starting left fielder for the remainder of the season, barring any extraneous circumstances.