Any suspensions of Major League Baseball players from a drug investigation tied to a Florida anti-aging clinic probably won’t be served this season, union head Michael Weiner said, according to the Associated Press.
Speaking in New York prior to tonight’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, Weiner said players opting to challenge penalties before arbitrator Frederic Horowitz wouldn’t be heard until September, AP said.
Weiner said he expects MLB to notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and that the union will ask for any discipline to be kept private until after Horowitz upholds a ban, AP reported.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declined today to say when penalties might be handed down.
“You’ll know when I’m going to do it,” Selig said on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” program. “We’re under a very thorough investigation right now, and I want to be very, very careful. We’ll do it when the investigation is complete and they bring everything to me.”
The Miami New Times reported in January that it obtained medical records from the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, a now-closed business in Coral Gables, Florida, linking banned substances to players including the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and two-time All-Star Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers.
Baseball responded to the New Times report with its own investigation, which obtained Biogenesis records listing about 20 players, and last month struck an agreement to secure the cooperation of clinic owner Anthony Bosch, according to ESPN.
Baseball also sued Bosch and Biogenesis for allegedly helping players obtain banned drugs and damaging the sport’s reputation by inducing players to violate contractual obligations. In exchange for Bosch’s cooperation, ESPN reported last month, MLB said it would drop the lawsuit and report his help to law-enforcement agencies that might be considering charges against the former clinic operator.
Weiner spoke to the writers from a wheelchair and said his symptoms related to an inoperable brain tumor have worsened in the last month, AP said. He was diagnosed with the tumor in August.
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