Nelson Cruz (11/20)

Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz is one of the 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball because of ties to the Biogenesis clinic. The outfielder gave an explanation on why he recurred to using performance enhancing drugs saying:

“From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.”

Cruz got a 50-game suspension for this whole case, cause it’s his first case.

Among players accepting 50-game suspensions: #Rangers’ Cruz, #Tigers’ Peralta, #Phlllies’ Bastardo, #Mets’ Valdespin, #Padres’ Cabrera.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2013

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