Brewers' Braun has back procedure, expected back for spring

MILWAUKEE (AP) Right fielder Ryan Braun is recovering after undergoing a surgical procedure on his back but is expected to be at full strength when the Milwaukee Brewers begin spring training in February.

General manager David Stearns said Thursday night that the 31-year-old Braun was feeling as good as possible after having the surgery shortly after the season. Stearns spoke at a Brewers town hall meeting at Miller Park with season ticket holders

The Brewers hope the procedure eliminates the pain that caused Braun to miss 14 of the last 18 games of the season. Braun needed three to four weeks to recovery before beginning his offseason routine.

Braun bounced back this season after a disappointing 2014, hitting .285 with 25 homers and 84 RBIs, along with 24 stolen bases.

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