Ryan Braun was asked Monday if he felt vindicated by his all-star first half for the Milwaukee Brewers after his turbulent off-season, including a positive test for a banned substance and successful appeal of a pending 50-game suspension.

For the first time, Braun did not equivocate.

"Yeah, absolutely, honestly, of course. At least a little bit," Braun said during a National League player availability session for the assembled media.