Nelson Cruz accepts suspension
Nelson Cruz has accepted his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. Cruz would be eligible to return with the Rangers if they make the postseason. The All-Star outfielder has 27 home runs this season, tied for fourth in the Major League.
“I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement,” Cruz said in a statement. “I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.”
Cruz switched agents Monday from ACES, which also represent other players tied to the Biogenesis scandal, to Adam Katz according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
The Rangers issued this statement regarding Cruz’s suspension:
“The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Nelson Cruz has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Rangers’ organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers will have no further comment.”