It was recently announced that the MLB was preparing to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and up to 20 other players involved with the Biogenesis scandal sometime after the All Star Break. It was also reported that Braun and Rodriguez would likely be hit with 100 game suspensions. You can read more on that here.
However, according to Tom Haudricourt (@Haudricourt on Twitter), an MLB Spokesperson has contacted him and told him that ESPN’s report on the Biogenesis suspensions is premature, and that no actual decisions have been made on the part of Major League Baseball.
This news comes as a relief to Brewers and Yankees fans, whose respective teams have been struggling at the plate this year. The Yankees sit at third place in the AL East after a month of June during which they were one of the weaker offensive teams in baseball, while the Brewers sit in last place in the powerful NL Central.
Braun, who will be starting his first game since June 10th when he went on the DL with a thumb issue, has declined to comment on the issue. Rodriguez also has refused to comment. Braun, in limited action this season, has hit .304/.380/.509 with 9 homers and 36 RBIs. The Brewers can not afford to lose his production for a prolonged period of time.