Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, and 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun, tested positive for a performance enhancing drug (PED). While it came as a great surprise to many people familiar with Braun both as a player and as a person, it is now being reported that Braun’s failed test was triggered by medication that Braun took for an undisclosed medical issue.
Braun is going to appeal the test that was conducted under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Policy. If the suspension for testing positive holds up, Braun would have to miss the first 50 games of the 2012 season.
The odd thing is the source that is saying that it was a medication for a personal medical issue that caused Braun to test positive for PED use. TMZ.com, a site mainly known for celebrity gossip, is the ones reporting the Braun story. Brewers officials have declined to comment on that story, and have remained relatively mum on the entire subject since the story broke almost two weeks ago.
Ryan Braun is facing a 50 game suspension as of now.
On Monday, general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash both said the club has been given no information about the timing of Braun’s appeal. Ash maintains that nobody knows anything as of right now, and it surprised how anything has gotten out at this point.
TMZ did not release any specific information in regards to the medication or the private medical issue in question.
The Brewers signed free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez to help fill the hole created by the impending departure of Prince Fielder. While Fielder is going to command much more money on the market than the Brewers can afford, Ramirez was brought in to help Braun in the lineup.
But if Braun is forced to miss the first 50 games of the 2012 season, Milwaukee will need a lot more than just the signing of Ramirez to help get them through the start of the season.
They may need divine intervention.
Or better yet, Tim Tebow.