MLB Suspends A-Rod Through 2014; He Can Play for Now

Twelve players have agreed to 50-game suspensions

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 5, 2013 12:41 PM CDT | Updated Aug 5, 2013 1:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – All players targeted for drug suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal—except Alex Rodriguez—have accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball, a person familiar with the negotiations tells the AP. MLB has decided to slap Rodriguez with a suspension lasting through the entire 2014 season, but he's expected to appeal, and will be allowed to keep on playing until that appeal is finished, sources tell ESPN. All-Stars Nelson Cruz of Texas, Jhonny Peralta of Detroit, and Everth Cabrera of San Diego are among the 12 who accepted penalties, the person said.

Notably absent from the list are Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, who according to Fox Sports are getting credit for the 50-game suspensions they each served last season after positive drug tests. Washington star Gio Gonzalez and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, meanwhile, were cleared of wrongdoing. The full list of suspended players is:

  • Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas
  • Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit
  • Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego
  • Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees
  • Fernando Martinez; OF, New York Yankees
  • Antonio Bastardo, P, Philadelphia
  • Jesus Montero, C, Seattle
  • Jordany Valdespin, IF, New York Mets
  • Cesar Puello, OF, New York Mets
  • Sergio Escalona, P, Houston;
  • Fautino De Los Santos, P, San Diego
  • Jordan Norberto, P, Free Agent

Alex Rodriguez stands on first base after drawing a walk during the first inning of a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder, Aug. 3, 2013.   (RICH SCHULTZ)
Alex Rodriguez talks to his first base coach after drawing a walk in a AA game with the Trenton Thunder, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Trenton, NJ.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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