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It is being reported that Nelson Cruz will soon receive a 50 game suspension from the MLB for being linked to Biogenesis, a steroid shop out of Miami, Florida.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 5, 2013
THIS JUST IN: Nelson Cruz is expected to accept a 50 game suspension for connections to Biogenesis. (via @CBSSports)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 5, 2013
Unlike some other players that will also receive suspensions, Cruz will accept his punishment and begin serving his suspension immediately. This would put Nelson back in the Rangers’ lineup for their first playoff game (Texas has exactly 50 games left this season), should they make the playoffs.
While Cruz is out, expect to see a lot of Jeff Baker in right field. It’s also likely that Texas will recall outfielder Engel Beltre from Triple-A Round Rock, especially since Craig Gentry was sent to the Disabled List with a fractured hand on Sunday.
Obviously the big loss is on the offensive side of things, as Cruz was leading the team this season with 27 home runs and 76 RBI, but Baker has shown signs of being a good hitter in his limited role this season.
Baker is hitting .310 with 9 home runs and 16 RBI in 100 at bats so far this year.
We’ll keep you up to date on the situation as things unfold further, but for now, that’s the gist of things.