Report: Peralta Suspended After Steroids Probe
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting the final shoe finally dropped for Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who was suspended 50 games Monday as part of a steroids scandal.
A total of 13 players were suspended, per CBS Sports, including: Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli and Fernando Martinez of the New York Yankees; Sergio Escalona of the Astros; Jesus Mantero of the Mariners; the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo; Nelson Cruz with the Rangers; Mets’ minor leaguers Jordany Valdespin and Cesar Puello; Padres’ minor leaguers Everth Cabrera and Fautino De Los Santos. Free agent Jordan Norberto was also snared.
The suspensions came down after Florida drug clinic Biogenesis was outed in a legal dispute between partners for providing illegal steroid injections to players.
Peralta reportedly does not plan to appeal, saying over the weekend, “(I) play the game, I will play every day and try to enjoy every day,” Peralta said.
Obviously anticipating this, the Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias last week to wait in the wings while the Biogenesis scandal played out.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is setting high standards for the former Red Sox player.
After Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski announced the acquisition of Jose Iglesias late Tuesday night, he gave a spiel that set high standards for the former Boston Red Sox third baseman.
Dombrowski relayed another ringing endorsement of Iglesias that came from Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
“He said, ‘I know you have seen a lot of players play shortstop in your career, but you will see this guy make plays that you have never seen before,’” Dombrowski said.
Iglesias is batting .330 with a .377 on-base percentage and has six errors in 97 games over three seasons in the majors.