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July 16, 2013

Nelson Cruz unlikely to be suspended this season

It appears unlikely that Nelson Cruz would be suspended this season as MLB continues to investigate a defunct anti-aging clinic in South Florida that reportedly supplied Cruz and other major leaguers banned substances.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig and union chief Michael Weiner spoke at length about the Biogenesis of America scandal, and the timeframe makes it hard to see Cruz being suspended this season, if the discipline is challenged before an aribtrator.

“The only thing I can say about the investigation is that it’s thorough, it’s comprehensive and it’s aggressive,” Selig said. “When they’re done with the investigation, that will be the time no matter what time of the season is it. We have to do what we have to do.”

Still, even if MLB feels it has a strong enough case to suspend Cruz, he would have the right to appeal it. That process could happen “as early as September,” Weiner said, but the ruling might not be made until 20 days after that.

Weiner went on to say the suspensions are subject to negotiations between the league office and the union and, without an agreement between the two, it's unlikely players will miss time this season.

So it’s hard to see Cruz or any of the players linked to the clinic being suspended this season, assuming they appeal.

-- Drew Davison

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