Brewers teammates embrace Braun’s admission of PEDs
Seattle Times news services
CINCINNATI — Ryan Braun’s acknowledgment that he used performance-enhancing drugs was welcomed in the Milwaukee Brewers’ clubhouse, where players hope it helps to heal some of the pain caused by his actions and a resulting 65-game suspension.
“I thought it was a good first step on the road to redemption, I guess you could say,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Friday.
Braun released a statement Thursday night acknowledging for the first time that he used a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while recovering from an injury in 2011, when he won the National League’s MVP award.
• The Oakland Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from Washington. The Athletics are sending Class A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki’s 2013 salary. “It feels good,” Suzuki said in the A’s clubhouse. “I’m shocked to say the least. I mean I couldn’t be happier to come back where it all started and help this team get into the playoffs.”
• Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, 85, will return to the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers for an unprecedented 65th season in 2014.
• Atlanta purchased right-hander Freddy Garcia, the 36-year-old onetime Mariner, from Baltimore. The move could ultimately provide depth for a team that holds a commanding lead in the NL East. The Braves also placed Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
• The playoff-contending Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder David DeJesus from Washington, just four days after the Nationals picked him up from the struggling Chicago Cubs. Washington will receive a player or cash considerations.