ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Rangers fans could learn the fate of outfielder Nelson Cruz — and 13 other MLB players — sometime on Friday. The players are all under investigation in connection with a performance-enhancing drug scandal, and they are expected to face big suspensions.
The person facing the biggest punishment is also baseball’s highest-paid player. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees could make a deal to avoid a total ban from the game. He could end up accepting a very long suspension, possibly sitting out for 200 games.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has already accepted a suspension for the remainder of the baseball season.
But it is Cruz’s involvement in the scandal that has Rangers fans on edge. The slugging outfielder faces a possible 50-game suspension, and so do most of the other players connected to the Florida clinic that has been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to MLB stars. The suspensions could come down as soon as Friday, because there is pressure for the league to take care of this issue before this season’s playoffs.
“Guys did what they did,” said Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski. “The penalties are the penalties. You know the penalties going. You get what you get. There’s nothing you can really do about it going in. Can’t cry over it. Can’t feel sorry for it because they made the decision. They’re grown men.”
If the penalties do come down sometime this weekend, and Cruz is given that 50-game suspension, he would be able to return to the field for the Rangers again for the last few games of the season and any playoff games in October.
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