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Brewers will know Ryan Braun’s fate before spring training

Jan 8, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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It’s far from surprising news, but we’ll pass it along anyway. Via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Milwaukee Brewers will know before the start of spring training whether all-star leftfielder Ryan Braun will be in their lineup on opening day.

People familiar with the history of the Major League Baseball drug testing program and arbitration process indicate the Brewers and Braun will not be kept guessing about his status until the team opens its spring camp Feb. 18 in Phoenix.

Braun’s hearing is likely to take place during the last week of January, and the 2011 National League MVP should be notified of the arbitrator’s decision one week later. He’s hoping to have his positive PED test result overturned completely. Though, as we’ve addressed on this blog, that seems unlikely to happen.

  1. hammyofdoom - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I don’t really want to intrude on Braun’s life, but I heard some talk about him having a personal medical issue that is going to be brought up during this talk? While I’m willing to give anyone a benefit of the doubt, what the hell kind of medical issue could you possibly have that would give you record high numbers of testosterone, or could cause a false positive?

    • stoutfiles - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      He may have AIDS.

      • bloodysock - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        I doubt it’s AIDS but I have heard that it is STD related.

      • stoutfiles - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        The most common rumor mentioned is herpes according to Google research.

      • hojo20 - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Herpes Simplex 10?

    • lovesmesomeme - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Cheater cheater pumpkin eater.
      Cheaters never prosper.

      • modman11957 - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Never laid,couldn’t he pick a better disease

  2. jason1214 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    @hammy, @bloody

    I’ve heard from Brewer fans the same rumor. Im not a doctor, so I guess we’ll see if medication caused positive test.

    • lovesmesomeme - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Yeah and I’ve also heard that Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, and nyjer Morgan eat tacos and latkes after they make mad passionate love to each other.

  3. lardin - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Even if what he took is for a legit medical purpose, hes still getting suspended. The testing rules state you must get permission from the league prior to taking the substance in question and you must have a doctors prescription for it. If he did not speak to MLB prior to taking what ever drug caused the insanely high levels in his system, hes getting suspended. Although, if all the explanations stated in the comments are correct it might help him with public perception.

  4. lardin - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Hojo, did you fall for the banana in the tail pipe stunt to?

  5. muckthefets23 - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    I also am not a doctor but isn’t it possible he has low testosterone levels and is using a synthetic supplement? It’s apparently pretty common to have “Low T” after the age of 25 and in some cases requires a relatively high dose of testosterone to relieve the symptoms. Just a thought…

  6. jleo78 - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    he was given a steroid for a coldsoar, which spiked his levels.

  7. lgwelsh1 - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    He could be HIV positive, testosterone injections are very common in fighting that disease. Also Herpes treatments can involve the use of testosterone. If this is the case, from a legal standpoint it could get very interesting to see how MLB handles this.

  8. henryd3rd - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    How embarrassing must this be for Bud Selig? His daughter’s the owner of this team and they have always used Braun as the example of how well the testing process was working. I predicting that he’ll win the hearing and we’ll all raise our eyebrows when this happens.

    • mvp43 - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      Selig’s daughter no longer owns the team. Mark Attanasio has been the owner since 2005….

  9. Jonny 5 - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Since PED testing began Ryan Braun is the first to take this STD medication huh? Okey dokey…. (rolls eyes) Well I guess that even with a “good” excuse like this, he’s still going to get suspended.

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