Ryan Braun accepts 65-game MLB suspension. Who's next?
Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended for the rest of the season. Ryan Braun was cited for unspecified "violations" of both baseball's drug program and labor contract. Who's next?
(Page 3 of 3)
Negotiations over penalties for other players haven't begun, according to a second person familiar with the probe, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.Skip to next paragraph
In Pictures Confronting doping in sports
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
Rodriguez acknowledged using PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03, but has denied taking them since.
A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez has been sidelined all season following January hip surgery and was hoping to be activated this week. A quadriceps injury developed while he played at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and caused him to remain on the disabled list. He is not expected at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., until Wednesday.
Braun became the latest star tripped up by baseball's drug rules.
The sport was criticized for allowing bulked-up sluggers to set power records in the 1990s and only started testing in 2003. Since then, testing and penalties have become more stringent and last year San Francisco's Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games, just weeks after he was voted MVP of the All-Star game.
Four All-Stars this year have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis: Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
"I guess it is what it is," Cruz said of Braun's suspension. "I don't have any comment."
Other players tied to Biogenesis in media reports include Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero.
"It's frustrating to know that there are people who have played on performance-enhancing substances against us," Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. "Whether it was this year, last year, couple years ago — even the guys who got caught, it's not like they got tested the day that they started doing it, so I feel like this is the first domino to fall."
RECOMMENDED: Drugs in sports: A quiz
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco, AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Arlington, Texas, AP freelance writers Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., Joe DiGiovanni in Milwaukee, Jack Etkin and Mike Kelly in Denver, and Brian Sandalow in Chicago contributed to this report.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.