Disgraced Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is ready to come clean and admit that he used performance-enhancing drugs in parts of his MVP season in 2011, according to a USA Today report Friday night.
Sources familiar with Braun’s plan, who spoke to USA Today on condition of anonymity, said Braun is expected to release a statement soon that will include a public apology and admission of lying about his PED use. Braun is currently serving a 65-game suspension handed out by Major League Baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
Following the 2011 season — in which Braun edged the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp for NL MVP — the Milwaukee outfielder tested positive for elevated testosterone and was suspended 50 games by MLB. The suspension was overturned, however, by an arbitrator when Braun’s representatives claimed the sample was improperly handled.
On Friday, a “60 Minutes” report alleged that Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension for his Biogenesis involvement, leaked documents that tied Braun with the Miami-based anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez has denied the claim.
Another former MVP, Royals infielder Miguel Tejada, was suspended for 105 games on Saturday for testing positive for an amphetamine, one of the longest suspensions given by Major League Baseball.
Tejada, 39, is already on the 60-day disabled list with a calf injury. He is not challenging the penalty and will begin serving the ban immediately. He would have to finish serving it next season if he wants to resume his career. Tejada is not signed with the Royals beyond this season.
‘‘I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization, and to the Kansas City fans,’’ he said in a statement released by the players’ association. ‘‘I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so.’’
A person familiar with the situation told the AP that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance he had previously used to treat attention-deficit disorder. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public.
Tejada previously tested positive under the league’s amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third.
Tejada is a six-time All-Star who won the AL MVP award in 2002 with Oakland.
A’s put Colon on DL
Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. The All-Star righthander hurt himself throwing on flat ground Friday. The 40-year-old didn’t get past the fourth inning in his past two starts, though he is 14-5 with a 2.97 ERA. Manager Bob Melvin said a break might be good for Colon. ‘‘The prudent thing to do,” Melvin said . . . The Rays put designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day DL because of lower-back spasms and reinstated reliever Brandon Gomes, who missed 88 games with a right lat strain, from the 60-day DL. Injured All-Star pitcher Matt Moore, out since July 29 with left elbow soreness, is set to play catch Sunday after being shut down for three days. Center fielder Desmond Jennings, on the DL with a broken left middle finger, could rejoin the team on Monday. He is out with a broken left middle finger . . . The Nationals placed righthander Taylor Jordan on the 15-day DL with a right lower back strain. The rookie is 1-3 with a 3.65 ERA in nine starts. Washington recalled outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple A Syracuse.