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It’s just what the Rangers’ offseason needed. A current player linked to PED use. Not only that though, but a player that was supposed to have a major role this year.
This Miami News Times article links Nelson Cruz to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami that provides players, trainers and coaches (and not just MLB guys either, but college baseball players and at least one pro tennis player) with HGH, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
Now, the MLB, if it chooses to do so, still needs to investigate these links and actually find hard evidence that the players listed, including Cruz, Gio Gonzales, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and, yup, Alex Rodriguez, actually used any of the substances this clinic provides.
So now we have an idea of where Cruz’s boomstick may have gotten its bite.
Cruz, 32, hopped around the league quite a bit before being traded to the Rangers in 2006. Prior to his time in Texas, Cruz was a member of the Mets, Athletics and Brewers’ organizations, however his only major league appearances came with the Brewers in 2005.
Nelly was a piece of the Carlos Lee trade, where the Rangers shipped Laynce Nix, Kevin Mench and Francisco Cordero to Milwaukee for Lee and Cruz.
It’s upsetting news to say the least. I really, really like Nelson Cruz, and I really want to believe he didn’t do this, but in a league riddled with cheatin, it’s hard to fathom his innocence.
It’s an unfortunate circumstance, to have to think about it that way, but it’s the truth.
If it is proven that Cruz did use PEDs, a 50 game suspension is looming, and the Rangers will need to scramble to replace him in right field and at the plate. This makes not getting Justin Upton hurt a whole lot more, that’s for sure.
We’ll try to keep you updated with the latest news, but for now, that’s all.