(PHOENIX) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun arrived in spring training camp on Thursday, for the first time since his 65-game suspension last season for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.
The 2011 National League MVP was suspended on July 22 as part of the league’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic in Miami. Braun released a statement last August, admitting that he used a “cream and a lozenge” as he rehabilitate from an injury during the 2011 season.
“Disappointing for me, obviously to be away from the game, away from my teammates, away from the sport I enjoy playing so much” Braun said of his ban. “Definitely a challenging time for me.”
In 61 games last year, Braun hit .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN