MLB suspends 12 for 50 games, A-Rod forthcoming


MLB suspends 12 for 50 games, A-Rod forthcoming


(RNN) – Major League Baseball suspended 12 players 50 games each Monday for their suspected roles in the case on Biogenesis clinic and performance-enhancing drugs.

The investigation's biggest name – the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez – could receive a longer suspension later in the day, according to multiple reports.

Fox Sports reported the 12 have accepted their punishments and will not appeal.

Notable players suspended include Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo. Cruz and Peralta's respective clubs are in the midst of challenging for a playoff berth.

Three players connected to Biogenesis had already served 50-game suspensions for positive drug tests and would not receive further punishment, according to Fox Sports. They were Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.

The Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles' Danny Valencia were cleared of wrongdoing. 

Other suspended players:

  • Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
  • Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos
  • Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
  • Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez
  • New York Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin
  • Mets outfielder Cesar Puello
  • Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
  • Houston Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
  • Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto

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