Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball’s fight against performance-enhancing drugs on Wednesday, declining to discuss the recent suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun or whether other stars will also face penalties.
Braun was suspended for the rest of the season Monday, a total of 65 games, for violating baseball’s anti-drug policy. He is the first player to be punished as part of an investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis Clinic, which is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to as many as 20 other players; a list that is believed to include injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Selig said he could not discuss the ongoing investigation.
“Any comment from me is inappropriate, “Selig said. “People have been thorough. I said last week the process would be comprehensive, thorough, fair and we have spent thousands of hours doing these things.”
Selig said he was proud of baseball’s drug testing program. Since the program was first implemented in 2004, 32 major-league players have been suspended and 47 minor-league players or players formerly in the major leagues have been suspended.
Pedroia, Red Sox finalize deal
The Boston Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia finalized a $110 million, eight-year contract through the 2021 season. Pedroia had been signed for 2014 at $10 million under his old deal.
Around the leagues
The New York Yankees recalled third baseman David Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed third baseman Luis Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee. Cruz was hurt making a play Monday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and activated left-hander Ted Lilly.
City Council OKs Wrigley makeover
Chicago’s City Council gave final approval to a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first massive Jumbotron, improved facilities for the players in the bowels of the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street. Under the plan, the Cubs would erect a 5,700-square-foot electronic Jumbotron in left field above the ivy-covered outfield wall.