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
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)

(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

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jlfellows
Feb 14, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Looking at the list of names is like reading a phone book south of the boarder. Not being a sports fan it was a surprise to see that the American past time is not played by Americans at all.
jruedy
Aug 11, 2013 5:47 PM CDT
(a-rod) sounds like a sex toy?
queensmet
Aug 6, 2013 4:53 AM CDT
Ask yourself this....... What would you do to get a chance to make millions of dollars to play a game? Would you take meds and not ask what was in it and hope it is legal? Yep some of you would