NEW YORK -- Suspended center fielder Mike Cameron is to join the Brewers in St. Louis on Monday for an optional workout on the team's off-day. Cameron is nearing the halfway point of his 25-game suspension, and has been scheduled from the start to spend a few games with the team this week. Major League rules dictate that he cannot be at Busch Stadium after the gates open, but he can take early batting practice and visit with teammates. Injured outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., who did not travel with the team to New York this weekend, also was scheduled to join the team for Monday's workout. Other players are invited to take part, too.
"We'll let them take some batting practice," manager Ned Yost said. "Pitchers normally want to go to the field and throw, and we might have some starting pitchers come out and take some batting practice. It's just totally optional stuff." Cameron drew the suspension after a second positive test last season for a banned amphetamine. He blamed the positive tests on a tainted over-the-counter supplement. Cameron can play for Triple-A Nashville during the final five games of his suspension, and if the Brewers are not rained out over the next two weeks, he will be eligible to return to the Majors on April 29 for the start of a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.