Reports: 12 MLB players agree to suspensions, including Nelson Cruz, Antonio Bastardo
|08.05.13 at 1:44 pm ET|
Major League Baseball is scheduled to announce the suspensions related to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic late Monday afternoon, but the details are filtering out.
According to FoxSports.com, MLB has agreed with 12 players on suspensions that will not be appealed.
The list is headed by Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin, all of whom will be suspended 50 games. Also on the list are Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Mets minor league outfielder Cesar Puello, Yankees minor league outfielder Fernando Martinez, Astros minor league pitcher Sergio Escalona and free agent pitchers Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto.
Alex Rodriguez, who is due to rejoin the Yankees for Monday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago, is expected to be suspended through the 2014 season. He reportedly will be allowed to play while he appeals the punishment.
Brewers star Ryan Braun already accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension that he started serving last month.
Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who served 50-game suspensions last year following positive drug tests, are not expected to face further punishment.
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia reportedly have been cleared of any wrongdoing related to the since-closed clinic run by Tony Bosch.
According to USA Today, the Rangers were stunned and blindsided by Cruz’s decision to accept his suspension without appeal. Cruz fired his agents from ACES — brothers Seth and Sam Levinson, who also represent Peralta, Montero and Gonzalez, as well as Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia — and hired Adam Katz of the Wasserman Group on Monday.
Cruz, who leads the team in home runs (26) and RBIs (75), would return for the final three games of the regular season and be eligible for the postseason. He is due to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Bastardo’s name had not previously been reported as part of the Biogenesis scandal. The lefty reliever is 3-2 with two saves and 14 holds for the Phillies, carrying a 2.32 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 47 strikeouts and 21 walks in 42 2/3 innings over 48 appearances.
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