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Brewers' Braun optimistic about injured right hand

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is cautiously optimistic that an offseason procedure has fixed a nagging nerve problem near his right thumb.

   The injury has hampered the 2011 NL MVP the last two seasons. Braun's average dipped to a career-low .266 in 2014. His second-half struggles contributed to a team-wide slump that dropped the Brewers out of first place and out of the playoffs.

   Braun had a procedure known as cryotherapy days after the season ended in October. He said Wednesday that he felt "amazing" after taking swings following the procedure, though he wants to see how he feels after getting to spring training in February and back into the day-to-day grind of the baseball season.

   Braun returned to Miller Park on Wednesday for a Thanksgiving food drive.
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