The MLB has has suspended Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season. The 29 year-old will not contest the suspension, which was meted out for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” according to what YouWager has learned.
Braun’s suspension includes the final 65 games of Milwaukee’s season and any potential postseason games in 2013. This means that Braun will lose $3.25 million.
A reliable source has stated that 50 games of the penalty were connected to Biogenesis. The other 15 games stemmed from Braun’s actions during the grievance that overturned his positive test from October 2011. The suspension will count as a first violation of the drug program.
The team’s general manager Doug Melvin addressed the media ahead of the team’s 5-3 defeat to the San Diego Padres earlier this week.
According to Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy the team still supports Braun.
After the league’s original meeting with Braun on June 29, at which he refused to answer questions about Biogenesis, he requested a second meeting. The Los Angeles native after learning the significance of the evidence against him from questions in the first meeting, decided to meet again to strike a deal that would limit his suspension to this baseball season.
It is because of that deal that Braun’s suspension was announced at the beginning of the week, the source added. The plan remains for the rest of the suspensions stemming from the investigation to be announced all at once.
Online sports betting experts point out that is not the first time Braun has run afoul of the MLB’s drug-testing policy — the outfielder tested positive for elevated testosterone levels in 2012. Nevertheless, he successfully appealed his 50-game suspension.
In 2013 the right-hander has hit .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs for the Brewers, who entered play Monday with a 41-56 record. Braun missed most of June and a week in July because of an injured thumb and time on bereavement leave.