Some breaking news to report from ESPN, who has been told by sources that Major League Baseball is set to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and up to twenty more players after the MLB All-Star break in connection with their Biogenesis roles.
Ryan Braun, who has repeatedly denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, sources told “Outside the Lines.”
The meeting took place June 29, a source said, and is one of several that MLB has conducted with players connected to the clinic. A source said Alex Rodriguez has not been interviewed, but a meeting is expected to take place within the week.
Commissioner Bud Selig’s office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week’s All-Star break, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators.
There has been no confirmation as to the length of the suspensions, though, ESPN is hinting that Braun specifically could be hit with a 100 game ban.
If the suspensions are handed down, it’s likely many (if not all) of the players would appeal the decision though Major League Baseball is attempting to prevent them from doing so.