In a major league baseball PED scandal that has brought down the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz is apologizing to fans for his role in the scandal. The Texas Rangers right fielder held a press conference on Friday to apologize to the organization and fans for the mistake he made in using PED’s after losing 40 pounds due to illness.
“It’s been a really rough few weeks, but I have good friends and family who are all behind me.
Cruz who was batting .269 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs was suspended 50 games for his connection to Biogenesis. Cruz is one of 13 players who have been banned for their connection to the anti-aging clinic. Cruz is a two time all-star who says he “made an error in judgement” while preparing for training camp after an illness.
Cruz’s suspension will be over at the end of the regular season and he will be eligible for the playoffs if the Rangers qualify. He’s begun to take batting practice again and is headed to the Arizona instructional league to get ready if his team clinches a post-season birth. Manager Ron Washington has hinted that he wants Cruz back in the line-up for the playoffs.
“If we end up getting in the playoffs, we’re not looking for him to come in and carry us. Just be apart of that lineup.” ~ Ron Washington
Cruz will play in instructional games starting September 18th and is able to join the Rangers again on the last day of the regular season when his suspension is over.