Major League Baseball acted today on their findings in the Biogenesis investigation. Ultimately a total of 12 players were suspended for 50 games and Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, or through the end of the 2014 season.
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz responded quickly with a statement about the suspension and tries to explain why he used performance-enhancing drugs.
“I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement,” Cruz said in the statement. “I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal.”
His reasoning is almost standard protocol for a player busted for PED use. Instead of trying to return from an injury like Andy Pettitte, a gastrointestinal infection caused him to lose 40 pounds. It was a desperate attempt on his part to regain the weight and return to playing condition ahead of spring training that led him to use PEDs.
The Texas Rangers statement, via ESPN Dallas:
“The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Nelson Cruz has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Rangers’ organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers will have no further comment.”