Ryan Braun’s acknowledgment that he used performance-enhancing drugs was welcomed in the Milwaukee Brewers’ clubhouse, where players hope it helps heal some pain caused by his actions and subsequent 65-game ban.
‘‘I thought it was a good first step on the road to redemption, I guess you could say,’’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Friday before the start of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Braun released a statement Thursday night acknowledging for the first time he used a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while recovering from an injury in National League MVP season of 2011.
‘‘[The statement] certainly was enough for me,’’ manager Ron Roenicke said. ‘‘I think it’s enough for his teammates. He’s made some calls to his teammates.”
Reliever John Axford said the statement should bring some closure.
‘‘Knowing Ryan and understanding Ryan, I’m going to be able to move forward and I hope other people will be able too,’’ Axford said.
DeJesus to Rays
The Rays acquired outfielder David DeJesus from Washington just four days after the Nationals picked him up from the Cubs.
Washington will receive a player or cash considerations.
DeJesus started in left field against the Yankees Friday night. He was acquired by the Nationals Monday and played in three games this week.
In 87 games this season, DeJesus is batting .247 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
The Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals, bringing back a former fan favorite just more than a year after trading him away.
The A’s sent Single 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.
Suzuki is batting .222 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 79 games.
Suzuki fills a huge need for the pennant race. John Jaso has a concussion and Derek Norris broke his left big toe Tuesday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Beachy out, Garcia in
The Braves purchased righthander Freddy Garcia from the Orioles, a move that could ultimately provide depth for a team that holds a commanding lead in the NL East but lost Brandon Beachy.
Beachy, five starts removed from returning from Tommy John surgery, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with elbow inflammation and will see Dr. James Andrews Monday.
The 36-year-old Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances for Baltimore before being assigned to Triple A Norfolk in late June. He made 13 starts for the Tides, going 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA.
Terms of the deal weren’t released.
Cain lands on DL
Righthander Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh’s Gaby Sanchez. Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates Thursday. X-rays on Cain’s bruised forearm were negative. He is 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA this season in 26 starts over 156 innings . . . Twins catcher Joe Mauer visited a concussion specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and was cleared to begin light exercises. Mauer is hitting .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs.
Feliz creeping back
It’s looking more and more like righthander Neftali Feliz will be returning to the Rangers next month, just in time for the stretch run. Texas manager Ron Washington said Feliz still has several tests to pass, but is optimistic the hard-throwing hurler will be coming back after last year’s Tommy John surgery. Also Friday, the Rangers sent righthander Neil Ramirez to the Cubs to complete the trade that brought Matt Garza to Texas last month. Ramirez, who led the Double A Texas League with 127 strikeouts, was assigned to Double A Tennessee . . . Struggling righthander Jake Westbrook was placed on the 15-day DL by the Cardinals because of a lower back strain. Rookie righthander Carlos Martinez was recalled from Triple A Memphis and could take Westbrook’s spot . . . Reds righthander Jonathan Broxton will miss six weeks with a torn flexor mass in his right forearm, which he had surgery on Friday.