Breaking news broke early on Tuesday morning that Ryan Braun broke his foot and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
The news was confirmed by Braun’s agent, Mike Ozzie.
“Ryan is a very tough, physical player and we are all disappointed that his season is over and that he is unable to continue with the Angels,” Ozzies statement read.
“We are disappointed that Ryan’s season is coming to an end and wish him the best as he begins his rehabilitation and rehabs for the next two months.
He is doing everything possible to make the most of this opportunity.”
Braun was on the field for the second half of the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants in the American League Division Series.
Braun was a key cog for the Angels and was hitting .281/.356/.444 with three homers, nine RBIs, six steals, a 1.08 ERA, and a 2.02 WHIP in 56 games last year.
He was a Gold Glove winner and a two-time All-Star.
The Angels, who have won the AL West since 2011, will be without Braun, the second consecutive year they’ve lost a player with the injury.
In 2012, they had Tommy John surgery on Braun.
Braun’s absence will be a huge blow to a lineup that finished the season with an ERA of 4.18, sixth-worst in baseball.
Braun and the Angels are in the midst of a rebuilding year.
The club has made two trades and had to shed some key players, including outfielder Carlos Gomez, outfielder Michael Morse, outfielder Ryan Madson, and outfielder Yuli Gurriel.
Braun will likely not be the only key player to miss the season, however.
Mike Trout, who has been sidelined since April 25 with an undisclosed illness, will not be able to play again until August 1.
With Braun’s injury, the Angels will have to make do without three outfielders who were all-star caliber hitters last season: Justin Upton, Ryan Braun, and Michael Saunders.
The injuries to Upton and Braun are significant because they represent significant departures from the offensive capabilities of the team’s core of guys like Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Joyce, and Nick Punto.
Upton, who hit .301/.369/.457 with 20 home runs, 39 doubles, and 40 RBIs last year, was expected to return this year after missing most of last season with a hamstring injury.
Braun, meanwhile, has been out since June of this year.
Despite the absence of Upton and the injury to Braun, Braun was able to hit the ground running in 2016.
He led the majors in hits with 137 and led the league in runs with 1,846.
The 30-year-old slugger hit over .300 for the first time since 2009, batting .348/.398/.634.
He has an average of .313/.366/.631 with a .847 OPS in 2017.
Braun hit 20 home Runs and hit 30 doubles in 2017, but the 27-year old also had 13 home runs and 47 RBIs.
Braun is the most prolific hitter in the Angels outfield this season.
He’s batting .300, .375, and .500.
The 33-year behemoth, who is on pace to hit his third career 100-homer season, leads the team in home runs (43), runs (66), hits (213), and RBIs (117).
Braun has already matched his career high with 31 RBIs in 2017 and has been on a hot streak.
He tied for fifth in the AL with 14 home runs last season.
Braun had six home runs in five games at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.