PHOENIX — Ryan Braun had already let it be known he was not taking any questions about his reported link to a Florida anti-aging clinic when he faced reporters outside the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training clubhouse on Friday.
Before anyone asked a question, the Brewers slugger repeated the restrictions he’d placed on his first spring meeting with the media.
“I understand why a lot of you guys are probably here but I made a statement last week,” Braun said. “I stand behind that statement. I’m not going to address that issue any further. As I stated, I’m happy to cooperate fully into any investigation into this matter.”
Braun’s name appears in records from the now-defunct Biogenesis of America LLC clinic that is alleged to have provided performance enhancing substances to several players, including Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Nelson Cruz.
BRAVES: Right-hander Brandon Beachy is expecting to be ready to throw off a mound by next week as part of his rehabilitation from elbow-reconstruction surgery.
Beachy is expected back in the Braves’ rotation by June after posting a 5-5 record with a 2.00 ERA before surgery in June.
BLUE JAYS: When Jose Reyes signed his $106 million, six-year deal with the Miami Marlins, he expected to be a long-term part of a dramatically rebuilt franchise that, on paper, looked like a World Series contender.
Turns out the prediction wasn’t worth the paper the contract was written on.
“I was shocked,” Reyes said Friday. “(Marlins owner) Jeffrey Loria, he always told me he’s never going to trade me. He always called my agent and said, ‘Tell Jose to get a good place here to live,’ and stuff like that.”
GIANTS: Former Augusta GreenJacket Angel Villalona is back in the dugout, eager for a new baseball life 3½ years after he was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic.
“I’d rather not talk about it,” he said through an interpreter Friday. “I just want to concentrate on playing baseball. … I’m here to get back to playing baseball. I’m thankful they gave me a second chance.”
Villalona was charged in the September 2009 death of a 25-year-old man at a bar. He was freed on bond that November after the family of the deceased asked a judge to drop the case, but Villalona was also stripped of his U.S. visa at the time.