01/07/12 9:18 PM EST
Braun reportedly will learn fate before camp
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Braun is the reigning National League MVP after batting .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in 2011. He is even more important to the Brewers' lineup in 2012 because slugging first baseball Prince Fielder is a free agent.Brewers officials have said they are in standby mode regarding the process, which is supposed to remain secret until after a player's appeal. MLB officials and representatives for Braun have said little since news of his test broke in mid-December. "We're planning that Ryan is going to be there, and if he isn't, it's kind of Plan B," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Milwaukee's 1250-AM WSSP this week. "Which is kind of the same way you do it during the season with an injury. You plan on going with your guys, and if somebody goes down, you have to be deep enough ... that you are able to fill in with somebody who you feel can do a good job. "That's why [general manager] Doug [Melvin] and his crew upstairs, when they look at what we need on the bench, they're thinking, 'Hey, if somebody goes down at this position, we have to be covered not just for a game or two, but covered in case somebody goes down for a month or whatever.'"