Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was out of the lineup on Saturday because a nerve issue in his right thumb is bothering him again. He missed close to a month with the problem last season.

Braun was suspended 65 games for his ties to Biogenesis last year, which gave him time to rest and let the problem heal while the team was out of contention. He raked in spring training but the injury has gotten worse with each at-bat.

Braun continues to say he will try to play through the injury and avoid surgery, which would likely cost him a big chunk of the season. So, then, why didn't he just have the surgery during his suspension last year? Turns out there is a good reason.