One of the most honest and genuine players on the Texas Rangers’ roster, according to general manager Jon Daniels, is Nelson Cruz.

And Cruz was as honest Friday as his lawyer advised him to be while addressing the media for the first time since he was named in a newspaper account about an anti-aging clinic that distributed banned substances to ballplayers.

There’s no miracle drug that slows the effects of being linked to an anti-aging clinic, except for being honest and genuine. A muzzled Cruz is getting older and guiltier by the day, even though a final verdict hasn’t been rendered and no one knows how long it will take for Major League Baseball to complete its investigation and decide Cruz’s fate.

For now, though, he’s guilty, like all the others who have been tied to the South Florida clinic or performance-enhancing drugs. That’s the world baseball players live in.

Cruz is trying to plug along, but admitted that it hasn’t been easy. He’s felt depressed and shocked along the way, but most of all can’t wait to tell his side of the story.

“As soon as it’s done, I’ll address it and tell everything I know,” Cruz said. “It’s going to be hard, but hopefully God will help me go through this. Hopefully I can go through this, and my family and friends have supported me well.”