MLB notes: Braun-backer fired

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun slides safe back to first against the St. Louis Cardinals in the...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun slides safe back to first against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during an MLB National League baseball game last month in Milwaukee. (REUTERS)

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Shyam Das, who provided the key vote in the reversal of a drug suspension for Ryan Braun, has been fired as baseball's independent arbitrator after 13 years on the job, USA Today reported Monday.

The arbitrator is hired by the players union and MLB, and either side has the authority to fire him. The union and MLB must agree on his successor.

A three-person panel ruled in February on Braun's appeal of a 50-game suspension after he reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. Das, casting the deciding vote, ruled that the urine-sample collector had failed to follow protocol by not leaving it immediately at a Federal Express office.

Das is also the arbitrator for the NFL.

RELIEVERS RELIEVED OF DUTIES

A couple of veteran relief pitchers were released Monday.

The St. Louis Cardinals gave left-hander J.C. Romero his unconditional release, while the Los Angeles Dodgers cut right-hander Mike MacDougal.

Romero, 35, had a 0-0 record with a 10.13 earned-run average in eight innings over 11 games this season for the Cardinals.

He made his debut in 1999 with the Minnesota Twins and also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies, compiling a 34-28 record with a 4.15 ERA.

Right-hander Eduardo Sanchez was recalled from triple-A Memphis.

MacDougal, 35, was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA with the Dodgers this season. He has a career record of 18-23 with a 4.00 ERA over 12 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Cardinals and Dodgers.

ROYALS LEFTY SIDELINED

The Royals placed left-hander Danny Duff on the disabled list Monday because of a sore elbow and he could be headed for Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery.

Duffy, 23, had to come out of a game Sunday in the first inning because of elbow pain, diagnosed Monday as a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Duffy is scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.

BRIEFLY

Outfielder Matt Kemp was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup Monday because of a sore left hamstring. Kemp was scheduled for an MRI but said he would not need to go on the disabled list ... The Tampa Bay Rays have put outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left knee ... Baltimore Orioles prospect Billy Rowell has been suspended for 50 games by MLB for violating the minor-league drug program. Rowell was the Orioles' top pick in the 2006 first-year draft ... Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has won his appeal of a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance last September. The reason for rescinding the ban was similar to the Ryan Braun case -- it involved protocol in the storage and shipment of the urine sample.

 


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