Posted January 08, 2012

Ryan Braun Will Know Fate Before Spring Training

MLB

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will know the result of the appeal of his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs before the start of Spring Training, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Braun and his attorney will make a case in front of a three-person panel of arbiters before the end of January and he will know their ruling before pitchers and catchers report in mid-February, according to the report. No player has ever had a positive test overturned – 12 players have requested hearings since the current policy has been in place, but not one was successful, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Braun is facing as much as a 50-game suspension for a positive test. According to a report from TMZ, Braun’s positive test resulted from medicine prescribed for a personal medical condition, though that would not necessarily overturn the positive test because MLB has a “strict liability” policy, which means that players can be suspended for unknowingly taking a banned substance, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Braun, 28, hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs in 2011 and was named NL MVP.