Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz said Thursday he hadn’t decided whether to appeal if he is suspended as a result of Major League Baseball’s latest drug investigation.
When asked before a game against Arizona if he had been told specifically what penalty could be forthcoming, Cruz responded, “No, I cannot tell you, sorry.”
The All-Star right fielder, whose 25 home runs and 73 RBI lead the Rangers, was in the lineup batting sixth against Arizona.
“I’ve heard a lot of stuff,” Cruz said, though he wasn’t specific about what and from whom before saying he couldn’t comment further on that.
He sighed when asked if there was any indication when he might know something, then said, “It’s tough. Sorry.”
Cruz is among 14 players targeted for discipline because of their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. He appears to be facing a 50-game suspension as a first offender under baseball’s drug program.
Discipline could be announced by Monday.
A-Rod headed to Trenton
Alex Rodriguez will start a second minor league injury rehabilitation assignment on Friday at Double-A Trenton, hoping to return to the New York Yankees before any suspension by Major League Baseball.
Rodriguez played a simulated game Thursday at the team’s spring training home, and the Yankees said he will play for Trenton against Reading for two games through Saturday.
With the Yankees at San Diego on Sunday, there is little chance the team will tell him to fly across the country after a night game for a day game in California.
If he’s not suspended by then, the three-time MVP could rejoin New York for its series opener Monday at the Chicago White Sox. However, it appears MLB will suspend Rodriguez by then for ties to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Four years ago Rodriguez admitted using PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03, but he repeatedly has denied using them since.
Royals place Getz on DL
The Kansas City Royals placed infielder Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.
The move was announced Thursday but is retroactive to Sunday. Getz is hitting .209 with one home run and 14 RBI this season.
Arizona catcher Montero out
The Arizona Diamondbacks put catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
Arizona announced the move before Thursday’s makeup game at Texas.
Right-hander Zeke Spruill was recalled from Triple-A Reno, and the Diamondbacks selected the contract of catcher Tuffy Gosewisch from Reno. Left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, acquired from San Diego in a trade Wednesday, joined the Diamondbacks.