• A bombshell hit baseball last week. Should the report hold true, it would be the next in a long line of suspensions handed down for performance-enhancing drugs. ESPN's Outside The Lines learned that Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic Biogenesis of America, including high-profile names such as New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Action could be taken within a few weeks, if not sooner. Per Outside the Lines, Biogenesis of America founder Tony Bosch reached an agreement with MLB to cooperate with its offices, giving Selig enough evidence to hand down suspensions. According to a later ESPN report, Bosch will be dropped from the lawsuit as long as he does cooperate as planned. Selig could try for 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez and Braun, the penalty reserved for a second doping offense.
• Much of the controversy will revolve around what happens to Braun, who originally had a positive drug test year but later escaped any penalty after it was determined his sample had been improperly handled. The arbitrator of that case, Shyam Das, was promptly fired by MLB and it was widely wondered if baseball would actively search for a way to regain some credibility and find the evidence it needed to suspend Braun. Selig’s best chance rests with the paperwork at Biogenesis of America.
• Major League Baseball's lawyers have issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain additional records for its investigation. This includes shipment and phone records for the three companies as well as texts and subscriber info for Juan Carlos Nunez, an associate of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, one of the players listed as having involvement with Bosch.
• As reported, about 20 players could be facing suspensions, and that number could grow should Bosch hand over more names of those he treated. Among those believed to be connected aside from Rodriguez, Braun and Cabrera: Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.
— Ryan Lewis