Reports: Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz to be suspended 50 games

Reports: Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz to be suspended 50 games

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers holds the AL championship series Most Valuable Player Award after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series 15-5 to advance to the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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by JOSH DAVIS

WFAA

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 11:22 PM

According to CBS Sports and USA Today reports, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will be suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball Monday for his interaction with a Miami anti-aging clinic named Biogenesis, which sold performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension has been looming since a report in January in the Miami New Times that linked Cruz and several other MLB players, including former Ranger Alex Rodriguez, to Biogenesis.

The New Times report claimed the chief of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, 49, wrote in his 2012 client sheet he sold $4,000 worth of product to Cruz, who he nicknamed "Mohamad."

Bosch has cooperated with MLB investigators since the report came out.

Cruz has the right to appeal through the MLB Players' Union, but said Sunday he was unsure if he would do so. Multiple media reports Monday indicated he would not.

The slugger, who is a free agent after this season, could choose not to appeal and serve the entirety of the suspension this season. There are 50 games remaining on the Rangers' regular-season schedule, so Cruz could return in time for a potential post-season run.

Serving the suspension now would also allow Cruz to maximize the value of his next contract to his future team by avoiding missing any games next season.

Cruz hadn't previously been linked to performance-enhancing drugs in his career. The standard suspension for a first offense of the MLB's Joint Drug Agreement is 50 games.

The Dominican-born outfielder is leading the Rangers this year in home runs (27) and RBI (76), including a home run Sunday in a win against the division-leading Oakland A's. This season, Cruz has a .269 batting average, a tick better than his .268 career average.

The Rangers begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels Monday at 9:05 p.m. Cruz may address the suspension before the game.

WFAA Sports' Joe Trahan is in L.A. and will be getting reaction from the team.

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