Braun back on field with Brewers

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- With an equipment back slung over his left shoulder, Ryan Braun went back to work with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The NL MVP had his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test overturned earlier this week. On Saturday, he and his teammates held their first full-squad practice in spring training.

The workout was welcomed relief for Braun, who was emotional on Friday as he vehemently defended his innocence following his exoneration by an arbitrator. On his way out to a back practice field, Braun passed fans who yelled "Atta boy, MVP" and "Keep your head up." Braun smiled and said thank you.

The Brewers weren't sure if they would start the season with Braun, who failed a drug test given to him following a playoff game in October.