BREAKING: MLB Suspends Players in Biogenesis Case
Update 3:06 pm ET: MLB has sent out a press release making the 12 50-game suspensions official. They have also announced Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the remainder of this year and next year. Expect him to appeal.
Besides Ryan Braun, there are a total of 12 players who agreed to a 50 game suspension. Alex Rodriguez has not accepted his suspension yet. Rodriguez is the only player expected to appeal his suspension, meaning he will be able to continue playing through his appeal. He is expected to make his season debut tonight in Chicago versus the White Sox.
Here is the list of the other players reported to be suspended, along with how their team may replace them:
Nelson Cruz (TEX – OF) – Suspended for 50 games
Leonys Martin seems to have locked down center field, so expect Craig Gentry and Jeff Baker to see time in Cruz’s right field spot.
Jhonny Peralta (DET – SS) - Suspended for 50 games
The Tigers had a feeling this was coming, and made a deal for Jose Iglesias before the deadline. He should now become the everyday shortstop.
Everth Cabrera (SD – SS) – Suspended for 50 games
The Padres have two other options on the roster to play shortstop, Alexi Amarista or Logan Forsythe. While Amarista has played 15 games at shortstop the last 3 seasons, Forsythe has played just 6.
Francisco Cervelli (NYY – C) – Suspended for 50 games
Cervelli has only played 17 games this year and is currently on the DL, so no impact to the Yankees here. Expect Chris Stewart and Austin Romine to continue as the backstops.
Antonio Bastardo (PHI – RP) – Suspended for 50 games
Bastardo has been a big piece of the Phillies bullpen especially with setup man Mike Adams hurt. Justin De Fratus will most likely be relied on more heavily now.
Jesus Montero (SEA – C) – Suspended for 50 games
He was sent down to Triple-A back in May, so no real impact for Seattle.
Fernando Martinez (NYY – OF) – Suspended for 50 games
Jordan Norberto (FA) – Suspended for 50 games
Fautino de los Santos (SD – RP) – Suspended for 50 games
Cesar Puello (NYM – OF) – Suspended for 50 games
Jordany Valdespin (NYM – UTIL) – Suspended for 50 games
Sergio Escalona (HOU – RP) – Suspended for 50 games
This story will be updated when more news becomes available.