Some big news from ESPN on an otherwise quiet day at the park. Outside the Lines is reporting that Major League Baseball is about to suspend 20 or so players because of their involvement with the now-closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in Miami. Among those on the list of players who could be disciplined by MLB is Mariners catcher Jesus Montero. Montero was initially linked to the lab in a New York Daily News story.
Here’s the link to ESPN’s full story, which says MLB could try to suspend Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun up to 100 games for PED use. The game-changer here is that Tony Bosch, the founder of the clinic, has agreed to cooperate with the investigation after previously claiming he did nothing wrong. Numerous caveats outlined in the story were necessary to secure Bosch’s cooperation.
Montero is scheduled for knee surgery Wednesday morning. he’s projected to be about four to six weeks because of it. A significant suspension, if there is one at all, would all but end his season.
“The Mariners are aware of the report that ran on ESPN.com,” Tim Hevly, the Mariners’ senior director of baseball information, said. “As you know, we strongly support Major League Baseball’s joint drug treatment and prevention program. With no other information, there’s no further comment we could make at this time.”
Up here at the ball yard, Felix Hernandez and Jake Peavy are readying to duel. Michael Morse (strained thigh) did more work today and may be available to pinch-hit tonight, according to manager Eric Wedge.
Wedge was also asked about Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .378 since being sent down to Tacoma. Wedge said approach is his top concern with Ackley.
“We told him when we sent him down, there wasn’t really going to be a timetable on it,” Wedge said. “It’s as much the mental than the fundamental, even more so (from his perspective). So, we need to give it some time. What we don’t want to do is be in a hurry with it.”
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