DETROIT (WWJ) – Trouble could be brewing in the Detroit Tigers’ infield.
An ESPN report says that Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is among 20 big league players facing lengthy suspensions.
The players, including New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun, are being linked to Biogenesis, a Miami-area clinic where performance-enhancing drugs were allegedly obtained.
The report quotes a source familiar with the case as saying the commissioner’s office might seek up to 100 game suspensions for those players, which could be handed down in the next two weeks.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s 10-1 win over Tampa Bay, Peralta said any success he has on the field is due to experience, not illegal drugs.
“I don’t have no comment for that right now. We’re playing baseball right now so I’m focused on playing right now,” he told reporters.
Peralta’s name was thrown around back in February when the PED scandal was unfolding. At the time, Peralta released a statement from his attorney stating “I have never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.”
Peralta, who’s having one of his best seasons ever at age 31, is batting 332 — fifth in the American League.