Ran into Russell Branyan at his locker after the game and he discussed the back problems that have landed him on the 15-day DL. It turns out, as many have long suspected, that he’s been plagued by these issues since the All-Star Break. If you remember that series in Kansas City earlier this month, when he made an ugly looking error on a ball he could barely crouch for, well, things have yet to really improve.
“Nothing really changed,” he said. “I just found out what’s been going on.”
It wasn’t any one thing that caused him problems.
“It started affecting the way I was running, squatting, swinging and playing overall. I just felt it was in our best interests to figure out what was going on and why I wasn’t getting better. We’ll know more as the next week approaches, the wya we treat it, we’ll see what the first couple of days rest does for it.”
Branyan was asked whether he had any fear the rest of his season was in doubt.
“I think it’s all going to depend on how my body responds to the rest and the treatments,” he said. “So, a week into this thing, I may be feeling 100 percent better. As long as the symptoms have changed and I’m pain-free, I think I can get back out on the field.
“We just want to (take precautions) and I don’t want to re-aggravate this thing in a week and a half.”
Ian Snell had X-Rays done on the wrist that got hit by the Mitch Maier line drive but doesn’t know the results yet. His wrist bone is bruised and he’s hoping that’s all it is.
“I didn’t have much time to react at all,” he said. ‘It was on me in a split-second.
“I couldn’t feel it at first. And then, when I got to first base and I stopped running, it was like, instant reaction and it hit me. I thought it was broken because I couldn’t feel anything. I just went to the ground and started praying to myself ‘Please don’t let it be broken, I’m going so good right now.’ ”
Snell wasn’t as sharp as he’s been recently. His velocity seemed off at some key moments, like on the John Buck home run. But he won his third straight game. Still, as we mentioned, a lot of balls were hit hard off him tonight. He has some work to do.