Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, bothered by periodic lower back tightness this season that has caused him to miss several games, will have surgery to correct the condition in the offseason.
"I've known that for a couple of months," Braun told reporters Monday, according to MLB.com. "If it were to get worse, it would prolong the recovery time, so that's what we're trying to avoid. It's kind of a fine line that we're walking there."
Braun said the recovery time for the procedure, the specifics of which he declined to detail, would not affect his 2016 season, in which his five-year contract extension worth $105 million begins.
"It's kind of a challenging situation, just kind of understanding what I'm dealing with in my back," Braun said before the Brewers' game in Chicago against the Cubs. "Obviously, I want to play, I want to get out there, but I don't want to risk significantly prolonging the recovery process of the procedure I'm going to have."
Braun, held out of the lineup for a third straight game Monday after missing several other games earlier in the season, is batting .287 and leads the Brewers with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs. Milwaukee was 30 games back in the National League Central entering Monday's game.
"I do a lot of work with the trainers every day," Braun said. "The training staff here is pretty spectacular, and I'll trust their vision and I'll continue to do what I can to get out there, but also be smart about it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.