Texas Rangers outfield Nelson Cruz headlines a group of 12 players that have been suspended 50 games in connection with the Florida-based clinic, Biogenesis, according to multiple reports.
Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reports the following players have been suspended 50 games:
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo
San Diego Padres infielder Everth Cabrera and reliever Fautino de los Santos
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
Houston Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello.
Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto
Earlier in the month, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Ryan Braun for 65 games for multiple unspecified “violations” of the league’s drug program and labor contract. He became the first player punished as a result of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.
Cruz decided to forgo appealing his suspension and continue playing with the Rangers because Cruz will become a free agent at the end of the season. By serving his suspension this season, Cruz can be ready to play in all of 2014 without further discipline.
Cruz fired his agent from the ACES group and has hired Adam Katz, according to an ESPNDallas.com. Cruz recently said he was worried not only for his own fate but he’s “definitely concerned” about the team as well. Cruz has hit a team-leading 26 home runs while driving in a team-high 75 RBIs this year for the Rangers.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not been listed amongst those players suspended in the Biogenesis cases but he is currently facing a 214-game ban.
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