12 players are reportedly being handed down 50-game suspensions by Major League Baseball for their roles in the Biogenesis case.
Biogenesis of America is now defunct, but was a rejuvenation clinic based in Florida who provided a number of MLB players with performance-enhancing drugs, specifically HGH.
Back in March, the league sued the clinic, accusing them of damaging the sport by providing banned substances to its players… and now, are suspending 12 players, according to FoxSports.com.
New York Yankees star, Alex Rodriguez, is expected to be served with the harshest penalty with an announcement forthcoming.
The players who have agreed to the suspensions without the right to appeal are:
- Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers outfielder.
- Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres shortstop.
- Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers shortstop.
- Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia Phillies reliever.
- Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets outfielder.
- Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher.
- Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners catcher.
- Cesar Puello, New York Mets outfield prospect.
- Fautino De Los Santos, San Diego Padres pitching prospect.
- Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros pitching prospect.
- Fernando Martinez, New York Yankees outfield prospect.
- Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher.
According to ESPN.com, Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player to reach an agreement with MLB on a suspension for his connection to the Biogenisis case. He accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension last month.
A-Rod is expected to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the U.S. from Canada.