Suspended slugger Ryan Braun visited the Milwaukee Brewers for the first time since telling his teammates in July that he accepted a 65-game ban as a result of baseball’s investigation into a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
“It was really nice to see him,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday. “He told me a while ago when we talked that he wanted to come in. He didn’t want it to be a distraction”
Roenicke said Braun just stopped by to say hello, there was no formal meeting.
“It’s important for the team to move on with things and for him, also,” Roenicke said. “I know it’s been difficult sitting at home and not to be part of this. But he really did not want this to be a distraction to us. So I think it was really good. I think it was great. No way was this a distraction.”
Braun did not talk to the media while he was at Miller Park.
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October of his 2011 NL MVP season, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.
He then agreed to the longer penalty July 22, becoming the first star to be suspended by Major League Baseball in the doping scandal involving the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Earlier Wednesday, the five-time All-Star visited the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Brewers shortstop injures leg
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs after the first inning with what the team announced as a strained right hamstring. Segura, hitting .296, walked in the first inning, advanced on a single by Jonathan Lucroy and then scored from second on a single by Aramis Ramirez. Segura did not appear to slow down while running the bases. He is listed as day to day.
Athletics work extra to clean up
The Oakland Athletics dealt with another sewage problem Tuesday, this time in their dugout instead of the clubhouse area and nearby hallway. Some players reported foul smells from the bathroom end of their dugout, while infielder Jemile Weeks said there was “a good amount” of water being cleaned out of the area during the team’s 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels.