MLB suspends 13 players for Biogenesis involvement

Jim McIsaac

Alex Rodriguez and 12 others were officially punished by MLB on Monday for their involvement with what obviously proved to be a sketchy South Florida wellness clinic.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension of 13 players on Monday for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

The list is headlined by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to appeal what amounts to a 211-game suspension. He is "penciled in" the lineup for the Yankees' game on Monday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera -- all 2013 MLB All-Stars -- accepted 50-game suspensions and will begin serving them immediately. All three players will be eligible to return for postseason play, which is good news for the Rangers and Tigers, who are in playoff contention.

New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is on the disabled list, and Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo are the only other big-leaguers who will serve suspensions.

Minor-leaguers Jesus Montero (Mariners), Jordany Valdespin (Mets), Cesar Puello (Mets), Fernando Martinez (Yankees) and Sergio Escalona (Astros), as well as free-agents Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto, will also serve 50-game bans.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal were also included on the list of players involved with the South Florida clinic, but since they already served suspensions due to positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs, the league opted against further punishment.

Also named in the report, but cleared of any wrongdoing by the league, were Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was already given a 65-game suspension by the league for his involvement, and will miss the rest of this season as a result.

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How does this affect the Colorado Rockies? Well, as you can see above, none of the players levied with bans are from the Rockies organization, so there will be no direct impact.

As far as indirect impact, Everth Cabrera began his professional career with the Rockies, last appearing for a club affiliate in 2008, when he hit .284/.361/.399 in 121 games at High-A Asheville. The Rockies lost Cabrera to the Padres prior to the 2009 season in the Rule 5 Draft.

The Rockies will face the Padres six times while Cabrera is out. Against Colorado in 2013, the 26-year-old Nicaraguan has hit .333/.377/.509 in 13 games, 10 of which were won by the Rockies.

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