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Prince Fielder is happy for former teammate Ryan Braun

February 24, 2012|By Melissa Rohlin
  • Prince Fielder is happy for his former teammate Ryan Braun.
Prince Fielder is happy for his former teammate Ryan Braun. (Morry Gash / Associated…)

Prince Fielder  of the Detroit Tigers said he's relieved that his former teammate Ryan Braun won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, clearing his 50-game suspension.

"Obviously, it's good. You didn't want him to miss those games," Fielder told reporters Friday. "I'm happy he's able to clear his name."

Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, was cleared Thursday. He reportedly tested positive for synthetic testosterone during last year's playoffs,  then took his appeal to an arbitration panel in January, where it was sustained by a 2-1 vote.

Fielder, who left the Brewers as a free agent, said that he had not discussed the failed test with Braun.

"Really, I haven't been following it like that," he said. "I have a life, too. I was trying to get a job there for a while. I didn't have much time to really get deep into what was going on. [But] I was hoping for the best."

Braun, the reigning National League MVP, hit .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI and 33 steals for the Brewers last season.

Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth also expressed his support for Braun.

"Obviously, they found something wrong with the test. That's good for Ryan, good for the Brewers, too, because, obviously, they would have missed him."

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