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MLB has not updated the Brewers on Ryan Braun’s status

Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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Yesterday an MLB official told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension is likely to be upheld, but general manager Doug Melvin said today that the Brewers have yet to get any sort of official word from MLB.

In speaking to Adam McCalvy of, Melvin said: “We’re not involved with it. We can’t do anything about it. Everything comes from the Commissioner’s Office.”

McCalvy speculates that Braun’s suspension being upheld would make the Brewers more likely to sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki and their 30-day window to negotiate with him ends January 17. Presumably by that point they’ll have some kind of update on Braun’s status from MLB, but as of now an appeal hearing hasn’t even been set and Milwaukee is still hoping to conduct an in-person workout with Aoki.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Cheater cheater.

  2. latchbeam - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Pumpkin eater

  3. zacksdad - Jan 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Steroid Eater

  4. test2402 - Jan 2, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    You guys are so funny.

  5. kkhat29 - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    He needs to get the same thing they do to all the rest of the steroid users. But, no! He got to play postseason and even win MVP! Really???? When they knew the whole time he had tested positive??? Where do they do that at???

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    So the 50 games is without pay, right? Too bad the Brewers backloaded so much of his new contract because instead of losing 1/3 of $20 million, he only loses 1/3 of $7 million. I was thinking they would be good with the extra cash, but only getting back $2.3 million isn’t much of a savings.

  7. protius - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    I don’t understand how he could have weighed the risks against the benefits, and still decided to take synthetic steroids.

  8. dlindstedt2 - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    He has herpes get over it

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      I hear you dlindstedt2. What I can’t understand…is why he didn’t get the medication approved.
      Sure…there have been others who sought approval (was given said approval)…then still failed and were suspended. J.C. Romero? But had Braun received approval (or at least brought it to MLB’s attention) it seems things would have been a whole lot easier for him. To bad really cause’ I don’t want to see the guy miss 50 games. Especially for something like failing due to a Doctor’s prescribed medication.

      • neelymessier - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        It really doesn’t matter what excuse you bring, the crime is the presence of PEDs in your body. Now granted he may have only taken them once, but he will be copping a squat for 50. Fools please Google. Herpes is a virus and it is not treated with synthetic testostorone, but with common anti-virals, though it is rarely ever completely eradicated from the body.

        “Steroid use is actually discouraged in anyone suffering from Herpes Simplex 1 and 2. Synthetic testosterone also contributes to hair loss, which rules out embarrassing medicines like Propecia.’

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Chumpstain: Just a piece of unsolicited advice. If you want to have a civil discourse with others it is best to not alienate, insult, disparage or otherwise anger those you are discoursing with. I realize you are new here so I will give you a mulligan this time.

    • protius - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      That Braun has herpes is, at this point, only a rumor. Get over yourself.

  9. neelymessier - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    and it is irrelevant in any case.

  10. kacapaco - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    He is Juicer & cheat. Need to get the stick. But wait, how does Herpis, a viral infection, got treated with steroids knowing steroids decrease the body’s ability to defend its self from infections. I know one thing fro sure, if there is ANY suspicion of any sort of viral infection in a patient, steroid use is CONTRAINDICATED.

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