Nelson Cruz Reportedly Facing 100-Game Suspension for Ties to Florida Clinic

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Back in January, our sister paper, the Miami New Times, dropped a bombshell on Major League Baseball when it reported on the dealings of a sort-of doctor named Anthony Bosch who, through his clinic, BioGenesis, was apparently supplying an All-Star roster of professional baseball players with banned, performance-enhancing drugs. Among the players implicated in the report was Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz.

The documents dug up by the New Times are pretty damning. A July 2012 patient list from the clinic shows that the slugger purchased $4,000 worth of product from the clinic that month. In a handwritten note from last year, Bosch writes of Cruz: "Need to call him, go Thur to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and... and will infuse them in May."

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The evidence was too strong for the MLB to ignore. According to ESPN, the league will soon drop lengthy suspensions on some 20 players now that Bosch, after publicly denying that anything untoward had happened at his clinic, is cooperating with the investigation. The familiar names on that list include one-time Ranger Alex Rodriguez, A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays slugger Melky Cabrera (who lost much of last season to a steroid suspension), and, of course, Cruz.

Cruz was mum on the subject when it was broached by The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant after yesterday's loss to the Red Sox. "I can't say anything," he said. "I know people are just doing their job."


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David Jerome Boring
David Jerome Boring

I don't really mind these guys using peds. What I don't like is media jumping at every opportunity to reveal character flaws. Athletes are ez targets but whatever,this stuff sells!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Doesn't really matter, appeals will tie it up until the end of the season and next year he'll be someone else's retriever in the outfield in need of a GPS unit to find the damn ball.

Gerry Fisher
Gerry Fisher

if he gets suspended, this will open the RF slot to keep Profar in the lineup when Kinsler comes back...

Charles Tiry Honeycutt
Charles Tiry Honeycutt

Maybe glasses would have helped more than steroids to catch a fly ball to win the World Series.

Abe Bullman
Abe Bullman

Maybe this means he wont strain a hamsting this year.

Matthew Helm
Matthew Helm

unless the Rangers and MLB put Cruz on 'double secret probation', he's only facing a 50-game suspension for being a first-time offender. Plus: in the absence of a positive test, i'm sure the Union will fight it.

matt.helm75
matt.helm75

like others have said - unless the Rangers and MLB put Cruz on 'double secret probation', he's only facing a 50-game suspension for being a first-time offender.  Plus: in the absence of a positive test, i'm sure the Union will fight it.

Stephen Hays
Stephen Hays

Maybe they will vacate the fly ball he should have caught to win the world series

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Unless Im forgetting, I thought the first offense was a 50 game suspension, and then 100 games for the second.  I dont think cruz has been suspended for 50 games for roids before

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

A David Ortiz triple? There has to be a better option.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@matt.helm75 lets hope that is the case that the union fights it, we keep nellie through the end of the year, dont re-sign him and then let the suspension take place next year.


On the other hand, if he is suspended this may be the start of Kinsler playing right field to keep Profar up

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@ScottsMerkin You're right.  One of the articles on ESPN said MLB was going to try and get Braun for 100 games and count dealing with Bosch as the second offense and lying about dealing with Bosch (or anyone supplying PEDs) as the first offense. 

matt.helm75
matt.helm75

@ScottsMerkin glad to see Colon on the list, though.  He's been giving the Rangers fits, and is a big reason the A's are on a hot streak right now.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @ScottsMerkin Another thing that bothers me about this, is Cruz has not tested positive for anything and we are going to take the word of a corrupted drug dealer to corroborate a list a newspaper obtained.  the guy even said he wanted to know what repercussions he faced from the law for talking to MLB, sounds like he wants to take some people down with him and MLB will do ANYTHING, including paying for information from other employees at the clinic to nail these player, specifically the witch hunt they have for Braun right now


now Im not saying Cruz didnt use PED's but its all so circumstantial right now.   

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@matt.helm75 Ill gladly give up Cruz's shitty outfield play for colon not throwing another pitch against us this year

texpwr7529
texpwr7529

@ScottsMerkin @bealotcoolerifyoudid not entirely true.They are just the only ones caught.MLB's testing is useless.The league should be more concerned w/how players passed.Chalk it up as a learning experience and move ob.Selig needs to quit emulating Stern and Goodell.This retroactive punishment crap is more ridiculous than ncaa compliance.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid so true, thats the part that has believing some of this story, A-roid, Braun, Melky, its the same guys over and over.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@ScottsMerkin @bealotcoolerifyoudid Yes, it is odd that the largest mass suspension would be based on circumstantial evidence.  Although, the list is comprised of the "usual suspects" so there is a certain guilt by presumed guilt thing going on. 

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