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Brewers closer to end of 'tense week' with Braun suspension

Doug Melvin. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers closer to end of 'tense week' with Braun suspension

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE - As the Brewers entered today's series-ending contest against the San Diego Padres, general manager Doug Melvin was understated in the description of what has transpired in the past few days, with the suspension of the team's best player.

"A tense week," said Melvin on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" after Major League Baseball served Ryan Braun with a 65-day suspension after its investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

But Melvin sees a silver lining.

"The speculation of a suspension is behind us now," said Melvin.

"Some thing are coming to a conclusion, and it's helping us from a standpoint of  focusing on what we have to do for the rest of the season, give us an opportunity to look at some players and try to win ball games."

He also says that Braun's suspension, though a blow to the team, isn't one the team can't overcome.

"It is about a team, not about one individual," said Melvin.

"It's about 25 players, not about 1 player.  Even one player with a supreme performance doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win.  We'll have to put together things as a team."

Melvin is also trying to put together a team which can compete for the playoffs in 2014 and beyond.

His chance is coming with the mid-season trade deadline, and he's already pulled the trigger sending Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.

"We knew that 'K-Rod' was a big part of what we were doing, a much bigger asset to us winning in a pennant race.  We have three guys who are capable of closing on the back end," said Melvin.

"K-Rod was a real pro while he was here, but probably would have pitched only 20 innings before becoming a free agent."

He also says that the season-ending injury to Tim Hudson in Atlanta may open up another trade possibility for teams like the Brewers, and it shows the last-minute nature of the trade deadline.

"(Injuries) come into play.  That's always why you have to wait right until the final minute.  Someone gets hurt," said Melvin.