Detroit Tigers All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta said he shouldn’t be on the list of players linked to the Biogenesis case.
“It’s wrong,” Peralta said Wednesday after hitting a double in Detroit’s 11-1 win over the Washington Nationals. “But whatever happens, I need to fight and try to move on.”
Before and after the game, which might end up being his last one for a while, Peralta insisted he didn’t not know whether Major League Baseball planned to suspend him.
“I don’t hear nothing yet,” he said.
Detroit doesn’t have a game scheduled today, and discipline is expected to be announced Friday.
“I don’t feel nervous,” Peralta said. “But yeah, I worry a little bit because I want to play every day here, and I love to be here in Detroit.”
If Peralta is suspended 50 games for first offense under baseball’s drug program, he would lose $1,639,344 of his $6 million salary. Barring rescheduled games, he would not be eligible to play until Sept. 24, leaving him with just five games of the regular season. He would be eligible Sept. 14 for an injury rehab assignment — if any of Detroit’s minor-league teams remain in their playoffs.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland wouldn’t even let a reporter finish a question about Peralta’s possible suspension, which would likely make it difficult for him to get into playing shape toward the end of the regular season for a possible postseason run.
Peralta is batting .307 with 10 homers in 101 of the team’s 106 games.
The Tigers acquired slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team trade Tuesday night in case Peralta is suspended.
Red Sox add Peavy
The Chicago White Sox traded Jake Peavy, the most sought-after starting pitcher on the market, to Boston following Tuesday night’s game. The three-team deal also included Detroit.
Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season.
The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They shipped Iglesias to Detroit and three minor-leaguers to the White Sox as part of the trade. The Red Sox then recalled third baseman Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Chicago also received prized prospect Avisail Garcia from the Tigers. Garcia, who turned 22 in June, hit .374 with five homers and 23 RBI in 33 games for Triple-A Toledo.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sent struggling right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor-leaguer and a draft pick. Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn’t won a game in two months. … The Baltimore Orioles acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros to help bolster a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for what could be an extended period. The Orioles are sending outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed prospect Josh Hader to the Astros. … The Minnesota Twins traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for either a player to be named or cash. … The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros for minor-league pitcher Kyle Smith.
Around the leagues
Tampa Bay All-Star pitcher Matt Moore, who is 14-3, was put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left elbow. Moore will miss one or two starts. … The Milwaukee Brewers put right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. … Los Angeles Angels reliever Sean Burnett won’t pitch again this season because of a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. … The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract that guarantees $1 million for the rest of this season. … The St. Louis Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Adron Chambers and utility player Brock Peterson from Triple-A Memphis. … Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss says right-hander Chad Bettis will be called up from Double-A Tulsa.