Suspended Slugger Admits Drug Use in 2011 8/23/13
Ryan Braun is admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement released by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.
Braun says, "It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately."
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011. But his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.
Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg), saying: "I have no one to blame but myself."
On the DL...Dice-K gets another shot
UNDATED (AP) - The Reds have had to do some roster shuffling as they continue their battle for a playoff berth. Right hander Jonathan Broxton is expected to have surgery after has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. The Reds also said they moved pitcher Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot for right-hander Nick Christiani, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville.
Broxton left Wednesday's 10-7 win over Arizona after facing two batters in the eighth inning. Cueto is in his third DL stint this season with a strained muscle behind his right shoulder.
In other baseball news:
- The Blue Jays have placed infielder Maicer Izturis (may-SEER' ihz-TOOR'-is) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled shortstop Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo.
- Infielder Jayson Nix has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Yankees after suffering a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. He's been replaced on the roster with reliever Preston Claiborne, who is on his third stint with the Yankees this season.
- The New York Mets are the latest team to take a chance on Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah). The Mets signed the Japanese right-hander to a one-year contract yesterday and plan to start him tonight against Detroit. The 32-year-old Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Tuesday.