According to multiple reports Monday morning, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is among the players who will be suspended today by Major League Baseball for using banned substances obtained through the shuttered Biogenesis clinic. Cruz is reportedly facing – and will accept – a 50-game suspension.
According to USA Today,
Rangers officials were blindsided by the news, only learning of Cruz’s decision Monday morning, hours before MLB was set to announce its discipline in the Biogenesis matter. They struggled to land a potential replacement for Cruz at the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline, and now will attempt to add depth by making a waiver trade before Aug. 31, a process that guarantees little.
Cruz, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, also reportedly switched representatives Monday from ACES, the agency headed by brothers Seth and Sam Levinson, to Adam Katz from the Wasserman Group.
Cruz is of particular importance to the Angels, who are set to begin a three-game series against the Rangers tonight and play Texas 10 more times this season. The 33-year-old has a .292 career batting average against the Angels. His 25 home runs and 69 RBIs (in 106 head-to-head games) are career highs against any opponent.
Texas (62-50) is in second place in the American League West, 10 games ahead of the fourth-place Angels (51-59).
There are no Angels major or minor-leaguers on a composite list of Biogenesis names compiled this morning by Deadspin:
Jordany Valdespin (New York Mets)
Antonio Bastardo (Philadelphia Phillies)
Sergio Escalona (Houston Astros)
Everth Cabrera (San Diego Padres)
Jhonny Peralta (Detroit Tigers)
Jesus Montero (Seattle Mariners)
Francisco Cervelli (New York Yankees)
Cesar Puello (Mets minor leaguer)
Fernando Martinez (Yankees minor leaguer)
Jordan Norberto (free agent)
Fautino De Los Santos (free agent)
All are expected to receive 50-game suspensions. Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal, who have already served 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests, will not be suspended again. Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension in July. Tigers minor-leaguer Cesar Carrillo, whose name reportedly appeared in Biogenesis documents, was suspended 100 games and released.