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Fans at PNC Park in Pittsburgh wait out a downpour during a rain delay delay Wednesday night. The game between the Brewers and Pirates was postponed.

PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers sent struggling star outfielder Ryan Braun to Los Angeles on Wednesday for treatment on his achy right thumb, while the finale of Milwaukee's three-game series against Pittsburgh was postponed by heavy downpours at PNC Park that turned hallways leading from the dugouts to the clubhouses into raging rivers.

By then, Braun was already on the West Coast to have cryotherapy on his right thumb. In the procedure, which was first done in 2014, a specialist injects a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to freeze the nerve.

"It's something that he expects from time to time, and when it starts, we try to get in front of it and knock it out right away," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Counsell said it's the fifth time Braun has had the procedure done over the last few years. The six-time All-Star is hitting just .236 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs this season and is mired in a 3-for-17 slump.

Braun is expected to rejoin the first-place Brewers on Thursday when they begin a four-game series at Miller Park against St. Louis.

Dr. Vernon Williams, who performed Braun’s first cryotherapy, told the Brewers that the procedure can be repeated safely as long as it is not done more frequently than every three to four months, perhaps throughout the remainder of Braun’s playing career if symptoms persist, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Braun, 34, has had issues this season with calf tightness and mid-back tightness, which landed him on the 10-day DL.

The teams will make up Wednesday's game with a doubleheader on July 14, turning a four-game series into a five-game match as the Brewers wrap up play before the All-Star break.

Officials delayed the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start Wednesday as showers loomed. Groundskeepers took the tarp off around 8 p.m., but quickly put it back in place after another rain band moved in. The game was officially called after a delay of 2 hours and 1 minute.

There was no immediate word on if the Brewers would alter their rotation against St. Louis. Brent Suter was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates, with Junior Guerra slated to take the hill on Thursday.

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel did his best to have a little bit of fun in the monsoon. He did a series of belly flops on the tarp shortly after the game was officially called.

Is it Miller’s time?

Today is the first day the Brewers can consider calling up infielder Brad Miller, the veteran acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a June 10 trade for Ji-Man Choi and immediately optioned to Class AAA Colorado Springs.

By rule, an optioned player must spend 10 days in the minors before he can be called up, unless he is replacing an injured player.

Despite their lack of middle infield production, particularly at shortstop, there were no indications that the Brewers planned to promote Miller.

“We’re talking about it, but look, we’re seeing if he can improve in some ways down there as well,” Brewers assistant general manager Matt Arnold said.

Albers still down

Eight days into his stint on the 10-day DL, reliever Matt Albers (shoulder) said he was feeling improvement but has yet to resume playing catch. Until he does, Albers and the Brewers will be unable to craft a schedule for rehab outings.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on it now,” Albers said. “I don’t want to disappoint myself, or get to a point where I’m pushing past where I should be.”

The Milwaukee Brewers sent struggling star outfielder Ryan Braun to Los Angeles on Wednesday for treatment on his achy right thumb.

Braun is expected to rejoin the first-place Brewers on Thursday when they begin a four-game series at Miller Park against St. Louis.

The Brewers planned to play without Braun on Wednesday. Turns out, they didn't have to.

The finale of Milwaukee's three-game series against Pittsburgh was postponed by heavy downpours at PNC Park that turned hallways leading from the dugouts to the clubhouses into raging rivers.

A makeup date was not immediately announced.

Officials delayed the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start Wednesday as showers loomed. Groundskeepers took the tarp off around 8 p.m., but quickly put it back in place after another rain band moved in. The game was officially called after a delay of 2 hours and 1 minute.

This is the second time this season the Pirates have been forced to postpone a home game due to inclement weather.

The Brewers are scheduled to visit PNC Park twice more this season. The teams do have a common day off on Sept. 20 right before the Brewers begin a three-game set in Pittsburgh.

Chad Kuhl, Pittsburgh's scheduled starter on Wednesday, will instead get the nod when the Pirates begin a four-game series against Arizona on Thursday.

There was no immediate word on if the Brewers would alter their rotation against St. Louis. Brent Suter was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates, with Junior Guerra slated to take the hill on Thursday.

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel did his best to have a little bit of fun in the monsoon. He did a series of belly flops on the tarp shortly after the game was officially called.

By then, Braun was already on the West Coast to have cryotherapy on his right thumb.

"It's something that he expects from time to time, and when it starts, we try to get in front of it and knock it out right away," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Counsell said it's the fifth time Braun has had the procedure done over the last few years. The six-time All-Star is hitting just .236 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs this season and is mired in a 3-for-17 slump.

The Pirates announced Wednesday that third baseman Jung Ho Kang is dealing with discomfort in his left wrist while playing for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kang, who is in the process of returning after missing the entire 2017 season following his arrest on DUI charges in South Korea, is considered "day to day."

The team also placed OF Corey Dickerson on the Family Medical Emergency List and recalled utility player Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis. The team offered no details on the reason for Dickerson's departure, but he will be away from the team at least three days.

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