Perkins shares thoughts on Braun decision

Perkins shares thoughts on Braun decision

Perkins shares thoughts on Braun decision
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With the news that Brewers outfielder and 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun had won the appeal of his positive drug test and 50-game suspension on Thursday, reliever Glen Perkins raised some concerns about Major League Baseball's drug-testing policy.

Perkins, the club's new union representative, is troubled by the fact that Braun's initial test results were made public.

"He appealed and won, but he still lost," Perkins said on Friday. "For me, the shame is the worst part, so it stinks that he has to go through everything as if he got busted; he just doesn't have to serve the 50-game suspension. I guess the flaw is that somehow, some way, it got out. I don't know who leaked it. He got exonerated from the suspension but he didn't get cleared."

Maanager Ron Gardenhire, however, said that he didn't really follow Braun's case.

"I haven't paid a lot of attention to it," Gardenhire said. "It's good for baseball, you know, [to] knock that deal right out. I haven't even read [about] it. I just heard it from people. I heard he won his case. Good for him. He's a great baseball player, and if this clears him, that's good -- it's good for baseball. Bad for the opponents; he can hit. He's a good player."