If the Brewers shop star left fielder Ryan Braun this year, his contract will serve as a deterrent to many clubs, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, who adds that Braun’s wrist is also a concern (Twitter link). The Brewers scratched Braun from their game Saturday because of a sore right wrist, the severity of which is currently unknown. Notably, he has dealt with significant right thumb issues in past seasons. Braun, 32, is hitting a red-hot .367/.434/.586 with seven home runs in 143 plate appearances this season and has another five years and $76MM, including a $4MM buyout in 2021, remaining on his contract after 2016.
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- Outfielder Jorge Soler is one of the few Cubs performing poorly this season, and the 24-year-old was also a disappointment in 2015, but the organization isn’t concerned about his struggles. “Guys are asking Joe ’What do you need to see so you don’t give up on him?'” said president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “That’s absurd. If we had walked away from him last year we probably don’t get out of the Cardinals series… That’s how good he is capable of being.” Epstein went on to add that Soler’s “going to get plenty of at-bats, he’s going to get hot and he’s going to carry us.” Manager Joe Maddon is similarly bullish on Soler, stating, “If you put your scout’s hat on you’ll see what the eventual reward will look like.” As Epstein alluded to, the Cuba native had a remarkable two-game stretch in last fall’s NLDS, during which he went 4 for 4 with four walks and a pair of home runs in wins over the Cardinals. This year, though, he has hit just .174/.263/.267 with two homers in 99 PAs.
- Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu will start a rehab assignment Sunday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and throw two innings, reports Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links) . Manager Dave Roberts expects Ryu to need five rehab starts before rejoining the Dodgers. Ryu, who hasn’t appeared in a major league game since October 2014, is working his way back from May 2015 shoulder surgery.
- Injured Brewers reliever Sean Nolin looks poised to undergo Tommy John surgery, tweets Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The left-handed Nolin, whom the Brewers claimed off waivers from Oakland in February, has been on the shelf all season because of a UCL sprain.