Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun on Tuesday night responded to an ESPN report saying he refused to answer Major League Baseball’s questions in connection with Tony Bosch and Biogenesis — and is expected to be among 20 or so players suspended after the All-Star break.
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Braun’s response was a copy and paste of his response from earlier in the year.
“In regards to that whole crazy situation, the truth still hasn’t changed,” Braun said. “I’m going to continue to respect the process and not discuss anything with the media. Beyond that, the vast majority of stories that have come out are untrue.”
When pressed whether the “untrue stories” included Tuesday’s ESPN report, Braun wouldn’t elaborate, only saying the vast majority of stories are inaccurate.
Braun made his return to the lineup for the first time since June 14 after a stint on the DL with a bruised hand, going 1-for-3 in a 2-0 Milwaukee victory over Cincinnati. He was pulled after the sixth inning per manager Ron Roenicke’s plans to get him back into form.
“We didn’t have a certain number of innings or at-bats,” Braun said. “The plan is to just ease me into action. I haven’t done anything in a month, and it kind of feels like going back to spring training where you work your body back into baseball shape.”
Despite learning about ESPN’s report before the game, Braun said he wasn’t fazed, and proved it by rocketing the first pitch he saw into center for a single.
“I think I’m mentally and emotionally numb to the whole thing,” Braun said. “I do a pretty good job to not be distracted by it.
“I think I was pleasantly surprised with the at-bats today. I had only taken batting practice a couple times and hadn’t seen live pitching or any simulated games or anything.”
Braun is expected to be a game-time decision Wednesday.