MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Khris Davis will take Ryan Braun’s spot on the Milwaukee Brewers’ roster. The Triple-“A” Nashville outfielder was called up late last night for the second time in eight days, after Braun negotiated a suspension for the rest of this season for violating baseball’s drug policy.
Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement that he was disappointed about Braun’s 65-game suspension and his admission of quote, “mistakes.” Attanasio spoke up for baseball’s drug-testing program, while saying the Brewers would accept Braun’s apology. He believes Braun should be given the opportunity to redeem himself.
Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy says he and his teammates will give him that chance, once Braun rejoins the team at Spring Training next year.
But a least a couple of Braun’s former opponents say they won’t cut him any slack. Former Saint Louis infielder Skip Schumaker, who’s now with the Dodgers, said he’ll take down an autographed Braun jersey that he has in his baseball room at home. Schumaker said he did not want his son quote, “comparing Braun to me.” He also said Braun should give up his 2011 National League M-V-P award to the second-place finisher, Matt Kemp. The writers’ association, which gave the award, has said they won’t allow that.
Seattle outfielder Jason Bay, who played against Braun with the Pirates, joined other critics in saying he killed his credibility when he vehemently denied taking performance-enhancing drugs for two years. Yankees’ pitcher C-C Sabathia, who helped lead Braun and the Brewers to the post-season in 2008, said he was shocked but quote, “I guess you never know.” The Brewers will try to even their four-game home series with San Diego tonight. The Crew handed the Padres their second victory in 14 road games last evening.
Meanwhile, the question is whether Carlos Gomez can return tonight from a sore left elbow. If not, he would miss his third straight contest. The Brewers and Padres are both last in their respective divisions. Right-hander Donovan Hand will start for Milwaukee tonight against right-hander Tyson Ross.