MLB notes: Banned Ryan Braun calling fans to apologize

Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is taking his act of contrition to a whole new level. (Marc...

Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is taking his act of contrition to a whole new level. (Marc Serota/Getty Images/AFP)

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Banned Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is taking his act of contrition to a whole new level.

According to CBS 58 in Milwaukee, Braun has been telephoning Brewers season ticket holders to apologize for being involved in MLB's latest performance-enhancing drug scandal, which led to him being suspended in July for 65 games. Bar owner Pat Guenther received a call from Braun and, although skeptical at first, he accepted the slugger's apology.

"I said what can I do for you?," Guenther told CBS 58. "He said, 'I messed up, in a nutshell, I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I'm sorry.' I cut him off right there. I said, 'You know Ryan, I think you're an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.'

"He was very humble on the phone. He wanted to reach out and for him to do this is an act of kindness. He wants the people of Wisconsin to support the Brewers and him."

Braun apologized in a written statement last month but has not spoken publicly or answered questions about his suspension or PED use .

KEMP SHUT DOWN

Officially, the Los Angeles Dodgers say outfielder Matt Kemp's rehab will be slowed.

But it sounds like there could be more to the story, with Dodger Talk reporting that L.A. manager Don Mattingly said Kemp has been shut down "indefinitely" due to tightness in his right hamstring. Kemp has been on the DL since July 21 with a sprained left ankle but the hamstring was an issue earlier this season.

"I'm not ready to concede anything, but at some point we run out of time," Mattingly reportedly said before Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Kemp was rehabbing with single-A Rancho Cucamonga -- he went 0-for-18 at the plate -- but recently moved to the Dodgers complex in Arizona.

MARLINS, NFLER IN LEGAL SCRAP

The Miami Marlins are in a battle of lawsuits with New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The two parties have sued each other over Vilma's failed barbecue concession stand at Marlins Park. The baseball team says Brother Jimmy's breached a sponsorship agreement and didn't pay $75,000 in sponsorship fees while Vilma says his restaurant never had an agreement with the Marlins but he allowed food to be sold under its name, which was prepared so poorly he had to shut it down.

"We did voice our concerns and we actually personally went there, we went to the games and we wouldn't let them know who we were, we'd go and taste our own food and we'd tell them look, 'this food is not to our standards,'" Vilma told 560 WQAM. "It hurts us as a business because if for the first time a fan goes to Marlins stadium, they taste Brother Jimmy's, they say 'this food is terrible,' and all they're gonna remember is the bad food and or service that they got at the Marlins stadium and we expected better than that."

NO MONEY IN THE BANK

The Texas Rangers reportedly balked last winter at a four-year, $56 million contract proposal by outfielder Nelson Cruz's former agents.

According to CBS Sports, the Rangers declined the offer from Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES agency that would pay Cruz, who was suspended 50 games last month for his involvement with Biogenesis and PEDs, an average of $14 million per season.

Cruz, who recently switched to Adam Katz as his agent, will be eligible to return to the Rangers lineup if they make the playoffs. After the season ends, he will become a free agent.

In 108 games this season, Cruz hit .269 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs.

BRIEFLY

New York Mets reliever Scott Rice will have hernia surgery, ending his season a few weeks early. The lefty leads the National League in appearances this season with 73 ... The St. Louis Cardinals activated pitcher Jake Westbrook off the disabled list but haven't inserted him into the rotation, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Westbrook was out with a back injury ... Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker will start Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the first game he's appeared in since 2011. He missed the entire 2012 season and most of this year after having Tommy John surgery.


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