Manager Ron Washington continues to write Nelson Cruz's name in the Texas Rangers' lineup and intends to do so until he hears otherwise. Cruz is one of several big leaguers linked in the Biogenesis of America scandal as the now defunct anti-aging clinic in South Florida reportedly supplied him and others with banned substances. There have been multiple reports that MLB intends to hand down suspensions to the players involved in the coming days and Cruz is well aware of that. "I've heard a lot of stuff but I cannot comment on something that I have to take a decision when I've got to take it" Cruz said. Cruz reiterated that he has not made a decision as to whether he would appeal or take a suspension should one come his way. If he appeals the process would likely drag out long enough that he could play the rest of this season without penalty. However that option and a possible suspension going into the 2014 season would significantly hurt his value on the free agent market this winter. If Cruz chooses to serve his suspension this season it likely will keep him out the rest of the regular season. The Rangers have played 108 games so far and the suspension has been speculated to be 50 games the standard penalty for a first time offense if a player fails a drug test.
Suspension talk not keeping Nelson Cruz out of lineup
Dallas Morning News | Aug 2