MLB Notes: Braun 'has nothing to hide'

MLB Notes: Braun 'has nothing to hide'
February 5, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Spring training kicks off next week for the Phillies and when we take a look at their division opponents, the Miami Marlins seem to be entering a rebuilding year (see story).

Here is a look at the news around Major League Baseball:

Braun: 'I have nothing to hide'
NEW YORK -- Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he used the person who ran the Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball only as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.

"I have nothing to hide," Braun said in a statement released by his representatives to The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports reported the 2011 NL MVP's name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.

The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.

Braun said his name was in the Biogenesis records because of an issue over payment to Anthony Bosch, who ran the clinic near Miami.

"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under `moneys owed' and not on any other list," Braun said.

"I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."

Carpenter likely out all of 2013
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year.

Carpenter has renewed numbness and some bruising in his right shoulder and hand after throwing off a mound prior to spring training, general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday. He will get an additional medical evaluation and isn't officially retiring, but Mozeliak said the Cardinals are moving on without him.

"He's leaving the door slightly open, but it's unlikely," Mozeliak said of Carpenter's return. "After speaking with him on the phone you certainly get a sense that he's more concerned about life after baseball."

Manager Mike Matheny called the news "a kick in the gut."

Carpenter had surgery in July for a nerve injury that first occurred in spring training 2012. He returned to pitch three games in the regular season, going 1-2 down the stretch, and starting three games in the postseason. He beat Washington in the divisional series but was 0-2 in the NL Championship Series against eventual World Series winner San Francisco.

It marks the third straight season the Cardinals have lost a key member of the rotation prior to the start of the season. Adam Wainwright had Tommy John surgery after hurting his elbow in 2011 and missed the entire season.

Carpenter, 37, did not join Mozeliak and Matheny at the news conference. Mozeliak said the emotions are still too raw for him. Carpenter will seek additional medical evaluation at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, but Mozeliak said attention now turns to filling the void left by not only a top-of-the-rotation pitcher but an unquestioned clubhouse leader.

"There are a lot of young arms ready to contribute and now they're going to get that opportunity," Mozeliak said.

He declined to speculate on whether the team would pursue Kyle Lohse, who was 16-3 with a 2.86 in 211 innings for St. Louis last season but remains unsigned as a free agent.

Carpenter, who is 144-94 for his career and 10-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 postseason starts, is considered one of the best clutch pitchers in Cardinals history. He pitched eight shutout innings to win Game 3 of the 2006 World Series against Detroit, a series St. Louis won in five games. And he was a postseason standout in the improbable 2011 World Series run, beating Roy Halladay 1-0 in a memorable Game 5 of the NL divisional series at Philadelphia, and beating Texas in Game 7 of the World Series.

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