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MLBPA says not informed by MLB of any player suspensions

June 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- The MLB commissioner's office has not made any decisions on suspending players in the Biogenesis doping probe, the union's executive director said Wednesday.

ESPN reported Tuesday Major League Baseball would seek to suspend about 20 players, including stars such as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, for their alleged involvement in the now-closed, anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly supplied players with performance-enhancing substances. The disciplinary action could come within two weeks, the network said.

Michael Weiner, the Major League Baseball Players Association executive director, said MLB officials were still in the process of interviewing players.

"The commissioner's office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed," he said. "It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.

"The players association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the commissioner's office shares these interests."

Besides Rodriguez and Braun, players mentioned by ESPN included: Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautino de los Santos and Jordan Norberto.

Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America has agreed to cooperate with MLB officials, ESPN said.

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