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Friday, February 24, 2012
Cubs' Sveum mum on Braun questions

By Doug Padilla

Ryan Braun and Dave Sveum
Dave Sveum, who coached Ryan Braun in Milwaukee, didn't have much to say about the MVP's successful appeal hearing.

MESA, Ariz. -- New Cubs manager and former Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum shied away from going in depth regarding Ryan Braun, who had a positive drug test overturned.

Sveum helped Braun to the National League MVP award last season. After the season, it was reported that Braun tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but a required 50-game suspension was lifted Thursday.

“I’m surprised it took that long to get to that question,” Sveum said.

The Braun inquiry was the fifth question Sveum was asked on a day when he led his first full-squad workout as a major-league manager.

“Am I relieved? Yeah sure I’m relieved if it’s over,” Sveum said. “To tell you the truth I’m not going to elaborate any more on that because it’s obviously a very touchy situation right now in [Major League Baseball.] I think I’m just going to stay away from that question right now.”