Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, along with ten other major league and some minor league baseball players have been suspended for 50 games as a result of the doping scandal and subsequent MLB investigation.
Alex Rodriguez is also expected to be suspended in an announcement later today, but Rodriguez’s agent has indicated the player will appeal the decision, allowing him to play at least tonight, in his season debut in Chicago, and a few more games. Rodriguez plays third base for the New York Yankees.
Other notable players suspended include Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, New York Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Seattle Mariners minor league catcher Jesus Montero.
Mets minor league outfielder Cesar Puello, San Diego Padres minor league pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, Houston Astros minor league pitcher Sergio Escalona, Yankees minor league outfielder Fernando Martinez and free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.
Cruz has stated that he will not appeal the decision, instead of accepting it. Cruz’s tacit admission of banned steroid use is seen by many in the sports world as de facto proof Alex Rodriguez also guilty.
More Florida headlines here