Brewers eager for Braun outcome
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he understands Ryan Braun will report to camp on Friday along with the rest of the position players. The skipper also hopes for a resolution of Braun’s possible suspension by then.
“It would be nice to know,” said Roenicke, echoing a sentiment that runs throughout the clubhouse. “Obviously, I wish it would have happened earlier, but hopefully [know] before we start.”
The team’s first full-squad workout is Saturday.
Besides Braun, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and reliever Francisco Rodriguez had yet to make an appearance at Maryvale Baseball Park as of Thursday morning. Rodriguez has reportedly been distracted by a dispute with his former representatives, who he says did not properly file a no-trade list as part of Rodriguez’s last deal with the Mets. That allowed the Mets to trade Rodriguez last July to the Brewers, for whom he has been a set-up man instead of a closer.
Roenicke downplayed Rodriguez’s absense.
“I’m hoping that he comes in today sometime and is ready to go [Friday],” Roenicke said. “We’ll see. … He’s got some things that he’ll discuss with you guys if he wants you to know. You know, this is voluntary workouts, and every single year that I can remember, there was always somebody who wasn’t here on those first few days. So it is not a concern with me at all.
“Frankie is a veteran. He knows what he needs to do in his career. I mean, I’d like him here just because I like him as part of the guys. But as far as getting his work in, Frankie knows what he needs to do to be ready for Opening Day.”
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