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Brandon Woodruff plays a waiting game that now deals with Reynaud’s Syndrome

ST.  LOUIS, MO - MAY 27: Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff #53 walks to the dugout as he exits the game during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 27, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – The good news for Brandon Woodruff is that his sprained right ankle is healing fairly well.

The bad news is that the right-hander is now dealing with another, slightly more nebulous illness that will continue to sideline him, at least for the foreseeable future.

Woodruff was diagnosed with Reynaud’s Syndrome, a condition that restricts blood flow to the index, middle, and ring fingers of his right hand, causing numbness.

It’s a worrying situation for a pitcher who needs to be able to grab and feel the baseball, but Woodruff said Friday before the Milwaukee Brewers’ three-game set against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park that he’s starting to noticed an improvement.

“The way I felt today, I think it’s only going to get better,” Woodruff said. “People have dealt with this before. Someone on our team has dealt with this before. I’ve talked to them a lot about it. They dealt with it a few years ago and it took them a couple of weeks and then was it like that.” Path.

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