Braun says no problems between Crew, Mets

Braun says no problems between Crew, Mets

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun expected nothing out of the ordinary in Friday's game against the Mets, the teams' first matchup since the tense night in May on which Braun was plunked and David Wright was removed early to avoid the possibility of retaliation.

It was May 15, and Braun was hit by a suspicious D.J. Carrasco pitch immediately after Rickie Weeks' seventh-inning home run gave the Brewers an 8-0 lead. Wright, due to bat for the Mets leading off the bottom of the inning, was pulled from the game by manager Terry Collins over Wright's visible objection.

On Friday, Braun confirmed an ESPN New York report that both Wright and Collins approached him at the All-Star Game to smooth things over.

Besides, Braun said, the Brewers are more concerned about their bid for the postseason.

"We have far bigger things to worry about than what happened four months ago," Braun said. "As far as I'm concerned, it's done and over with.

"I like David, too. He's my boy. So I hope we don't do anything."

Publicly, manager Ron Roenicke did not sound like a man plotting retaliation.

"That's so long ago, that doesn't even come into my mind," Roenicke said. "We're at a point right now we need to worry about beating these guys and winning as many games as we can."

It's notable that Carrasco is no longer with the Mets. And Friday's Brewers starter, Mike Fiers, was still pitching at Triple-A Nashville on May 15.

Collins said he had "no concern" over retaliation.

"I think it's done," Collins said. "I understand, being there, I certainly thought the same thing. Our pitcher said he didn't do it on purpose. OK ... the perception was he did. But I don't think anything's going to fester now. It's been a long time, and that guy's not here now."