Major League Baseball has officially announced the suspensions of 13 players connected to the South Florida-based anti-aging clinic Biogenesis and its distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, handing out 12 50-game suspensions and one 211-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
One player, however, who will not be suspended is the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, whose name was initially found on the anti-aging clinic's lists of players supplied with substances. None, however, were banned by MLB.
“I am very pleased that Major League Baseball has cleared my name," Gonzalez said in a statement released by the Nationals shortly after the suspensions were doled out. "With this process now complete, I have no lingering sense of animosity, as I quickly realized that the objective of this investigation was to clean up our game. This is an ideal that I share with both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support of my teammates, the Lerner Family, Mike Rizzo, Davey Johnson, our coaching staff and Nationals fans everywhere.”
Gonzalez's next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Braves.
Here are the 12 players who have accepted 50-game suspensions:
- Antonio Bastardo, Phillies reliever
- Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher
- Jordany Valdespin, Mets outfielder (minors)
- Jesus Montero, Mariners catcher (minors)
- Cesar Puello, Mets outfielder (minors)
- Sergio Escalona, Astros pitcher (minors)
- Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfielder (minors)
- Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher
- Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher
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