Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Report: PED bans looming

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Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to try to suspend up to 20 players, including stars Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, after next week's All-Star break for their connection to a defunct Miami-area clinic that is alleged to have supplied them with performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported.

Braun, the Brewers slugger, declined to answer questions during a June 29 meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic Bosch founded, ESPN reported. Rodriguez, who is rehabbing with the Yankees' Class A Tampa affiliate, is expected to be interviewed Friday, according the New York Daily News.

According to ESPN, the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB's drug policy. The argument would be that they committed multiple offenses by receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and lying about it.

Bosch's attorneys have met repeatedly with MLB officials over the past month and turned over numerous documents detailing his connection to major-leaguers.

HOME RUN DERBY: A's OF Yoenis Cespedes joined AL captain and Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, Orioles 1B Chris Davis and Tigers 1B Prince Fielder to round out the squad for Monday's derby. NL captain David Wright of the hometown Mets tabbed Nationals RF Bryce Harper and Rockies OFs Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

GIANTS: OF Jeff Francoeur, who was released by the Royals on Friday, signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Fresno.

INDIANS: The marijuana possession case against closer Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie, is set to resume Sept. 3 in Rocky River Municipal Court in suburban Cleveland.

METS: RHP Matt Harvey, a candidate to start the All-Star Game, has blisters on his pitching hand and may miss his scheduled start Sunday. … RHP Shaun Marcum is scheduled for season-ending shoulder surgery next week after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that involves compression of nerves near the neck.

PADRES: Team president and CEO Tom Garfinkel, who assumed the duties of CEO after predecessor Jeff Moorad stepped aside early last year, resigned. The team said executive chairman Ron Fowler will assume Garfinkel's duties until a replacement is hired. … C Yasmani Grandal, who went on the 60-day disabled list Sunday a day after injuring his right knee, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and is expected to miss 9-12 months.

PIRATES: 2B Neil Walker went on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right side. INF Josh Harrison was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

RED SOX: OF Jackie Bradley Jr., one of the team's top prospects, and RHP Brandon Workman were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley started in center with OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino dealing with nagging injuries.

TIGERS: 2B Omar Infante, who had sat out five games with a sprained left ankle, went on the 15-day disabled list.

TWINS: LH reliever Caleb Thielbar will go on the bereavement list Thursday after the death of his grandmother.

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