MILWAUKEE — Suspended slugger Ryan Braun visited the Milwaukee Brewers for the first time since telling his teammates in July that he accepted a 65-game ban as a result of baseball’s investigation into a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
“It was really nice to see him,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday. “He told me a while ago when we talked that he wanted to come in. He didn’t want it to be a distraction. I told him it wouldn’t be. So, he came in and I’m really glad he did.”
Roenicke said Braun just stopped by to say hello, there was no formal meeting.
“It’s important for the team to move on with things and for him, also.” Roenicke said. “I know it’s been difficult sitting at home and not to be part of this. But he really did not want this to be a distraction to us. So I think it was really good. I think it was great. No way was this a distraction.”
Braun did not talk to the media while he was at Miller Park.
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October of his 2011 NL MVP season, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.
He then agreed to the longer penalty July 22, becoming the first star to be suspended by Major League Baseball in the doping scandal involving the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Earlier Wednesday, the five-time All-Star visited the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Photos of his appearance were posted on the group’s Facebook page, tipping off media that Braun was in Milwaukee.
Mazeroski to sell memorabilia
PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski is selling memorabilia from the most iconic moment of his Hall of Fame career.
Mazeroski will have several personal items auctioned at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in November, including the jersey he wore in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Mazeroski hit a solo home run leading off the bottom of the ninth to lift the Pirates to a championship.
Mazeroski said the jersey, which is expected to go for more than $100,000, has been sitting around collecting mothballs for years and felt it was time to “share it with the public.” Mazeroski, who spent 17 seasons with the Pirates, also plans to sell six Gold Glove Awards and the 1960 Babe Ruth Award.
Mets’ Harvey will try rehab
NEW YORK — Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season.
Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Harvey will soon begin a strengthening and throwing program designed to last as long as six to eight weeks. If he feels pain or other symptoms that hinder his pitching, he likely will need the operation — which probably would sideline him for 2014.
“There’s always a risk to having surgery. There’s obviously going to be a risk not to have surgery. It’s not a 100 percent procedure, although it’s definitely getting a lot better,” Harvey said. “I believe if I can rehab, I’d rather bet on myself doing the work to stay out of getting surgery than having the surgery.”
The decision was announced Tuesday night at Citi Field, one day after Harvey was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida to get a second opinion on his right elbow. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament by Mets doctors on Aug. 26.
Harvey said Andrews tested his elbow and told him he believed it was “very stable.”