Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, recently named the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The report said Braun faces the requisite 50-game suspension for a first violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Policy if the initial finding stands, but the positive test has not been announced because Braun is appealing the finding through an arbitration process.
Braun responded to the test result by telling MLB.com's Adam McCalvy in a text message: "I would love to talk, but unfortunately I'm not really allowed to say anything right now. My day will come soon, though."
Ryan Braun, 28, hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs this past season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Officials from Major League Baseball, the MLB Players' Association and the Brewers have not commented on the report.
A spokesman for Braun released the following statement on Saturday: "There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate that there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident that he will ultimately be exonerated."
Braun told USA TODAY of the test results, "It's B.S."
According to sources cited in the ESPN.com report, Braun submitted a urine test during the playoffs in October that showed a level of testosterone high enough to trigger a positive test. A second test on the sample revealed that the testosterone was exogenous, or from outside Braun's body, meaning it was generated by synthetic substance.
A source close to Braun told ESPN.com that the outfielder immediately requested a second test after learning of the results. The source said the second test was not positive.
Braun, 28, helped lead the Brewers to a franchise-record 96 wins in the regular season and the NL Central title, their first since moving to the NL in 1998 and Milwaukee's first division title overall since 1982. He hit .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases to hold off the Dodgers' Matt Kemp in the MVP vote.
A first-round pick of the Brewers in 2005, Braun has hit .312 with 161 homers and 531 RBIs in five seasons, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 and racking up four All-Star appearances and four Silver Slugger Awards.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. Reporter Adam McCalvy contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.