Brewers embrace Braun’s admission

McClatchy news servicesAugust 24, 2013 

Brewers players are glad that Ryan Braun has acknowledged he took performance-enhancing substances that resulted in his 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball.

His teammates think it’s a good step to explain when he used banned substances. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy calls it “was a good first step on the road to redemption.”

Braun released his statement Thursday night while the Brewers were on their way to Cincinnati to open a weekend series. Players wanted time to read the statement before reacting.

“It certainly was enough for me,” manager Ron Roenicke said.

Reliever John Axford said the statement should bring some closure.

“Knowing Ryan and understanding Ryan, I’m going to be able to move forward and I hope other people will be able too,” Axford said.

Braun has talked with some of the Brewers by phone since he agreed to the suspension on June 22. Axford thinks Braun will be accepted in the clubhouse when he returns.

SUZUKI BACK IN OAKLAND

The Oakland Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals on Friday.

The move gives the Athletics help at the position with former Mariners catcher John Jaso out with a concussion and Derek Norris being place on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left big toe.

Oakland is sending Class A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to the Athletics as its portion remaining on Suzuki’s 2013 salary.

SCULLY TO RETURN IN 2014

Vin Scully, one of baseball’s most beloved broadcasters, will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record 65th season in 2014.

Scully, 85, said he is quite impressed by what the new ownership group has brought to the Dodgers, along with the energy fans are creating at the ballpark.

He says that other than being home with his family, “there is no place else I’d rather be.”

Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

EXTRA BASES

The Angels designated right-hander Billy Buckner for assignment and recalled right-hander Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... The Rangers sent right-hander Neil Ramirez to the Cubs to complete the trade that brought right-hander Matt Garza to Texas last month. ... Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been given the green light to start a light exercise program after being placed on the seven-day concussion list earlier this week. ... The Braves placed Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled list with right-elbow inflammation. Outfielder Todd Cunningham was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Cardinals placed right-hander Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, because of a lower-back strain. Rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons will take Westbrook’s spot in the rotation. … Giants right-hander Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh’s Gaby Sanchez. ... The Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano and left-hander Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Syracuse.

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