Texas Rangers right-fielder Nelson Cruz said he expects to learn Monday if he'll be suspended by Major League Baseball in connection to its investigation into Biogenesis the Miami clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a number of players. Cruz though said he has not decided whether he would appeal a suspension. "Tomorrow it's going to happen" Cruz said before Sunday's game against Oakland. "Whatever my decision is going to be ... I haven't decided what it's going to be." If Cruz is suspended but appeals he would be able to play for the Rangers while his appeal is pending. He was asked if he expects to be in the Rangers' lineup Monday when they open a three-game series against the Angels at Anaheim. "Yeah. That's my hope" Cruz said. Cruz said that he was worried but not just about his own fate. "It's not just about myself" Cruz said. "It's about the team. Definitely I'm concerned." The Rangers have made contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of Cruz. Considering that the right-handed hitting Cruz leads the team in home runs with 26 and RBIs with 75 that would be a tough task. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said "from a balance standpoint" replacing Cruz with a right-handed hitter would be "ideal" if they have to make a move.
Rangers' Cruz not sure about appealing ban
ESPN Dallas | Aug 4