Rangers OF Nelson Cruz To Be Suspended As Part Of Biogenesis Scandal

by Brandon Jopko | Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013
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Later today, MLB will be announcing its suspensions for those players involved in using PED’s from the Biogenesis lab in Miami and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, as expected, will be on that list according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

How Texas, currently 0.5 games back of the wild card, responds to replacing Cruz’s production of .269/.330/.511 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI’s remains anyone’s guess.

I find it rather shocking that Rangers GM Jon Daniels did not add an impact bat at the trade deadline to take Cruz’s place in the lineup. He represents Texas’ biggest power threat and is their most productive hitter this year. They must have known beforehand that Cruz was going to be suspended, so Daniels’ inaction remains mystifying. Of course, they could try to add another bat during August’s waiver period.

MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported that the Rangers will likely call up an outfielder, and their preference is a right-handed hitter. Triple-A Round Rock’s Joey Butler is the leading candidate to be called up to take Cruz’s place. He is hitting .290 at Round Rock, including a .321 BA with a .532 slugging percentage against left-handers. He could easily slide into Cruz’s spot on the 40-man roster. The thing is though he’s already 27 years old having spent his entire five and a half years of professional baseball in the Rangers system. Would Texas really consider putting their faith in a rookie outfielder?

The Rangers may also consider bringing back Engel Beltre whom they just sent down and hit .300 in 30 AB’s, even though he hits left-handed. The Rangers are not planning to call up Manny Ramirez (.267/.333/.389 with 3 HR, 12 RBI in 90 AB), and manager Ron Washington is reluctant to use Jurickson Profar in the outfield.

According to Sullivan, Cruz wasn’t sure yet if he’ll appeal the suspension, so if that happens, Cruz can expect to reward the team that signs him to a free-agent contract this winter with a 50-game suspension to start the 2014 season.

However, the latest from Jon Heyman says that Cruz will accept the suspension.

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  • Sallie

    This is rediculous! Who cares if these guys use performance enhancing drugs? If the drugs are that powerful and that harmful, why aren’t they outlawed in the US?

    • Georgia

      @Sallie, WTF are you talking about? They ARE outlawed and they are illegal in the US. Put some HGHs (Human Growth Hormone) in your pocket and get searched by a cop. But before that happens make sure you have someone on speed dial to bail you out of jail on a FELONY possession charge. Also most people care because HGH takes a guy like Barry Bonds and turns him from a 210 pound, solid 30/30 man (homers/stolen bases) into a 270 pound hulk who hits 70 home runs a season. Was Barry Bonds a great player before HGH? Absolutely, he would’ve still been a hall of famer. Would he have ever it 70 home runs in a season? NO, he probably would’ve been lucky to hit 50. So HGH definitely makes a HUGE difference.

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