Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta suspended in PED investigation
Reports indicate 50-game suspension will be accepted by Tigers shortstop
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta will be suspended 50 games following the MLB's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
According to several published reports, Peralta will not appeal the suspension.
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Peralta released a written statement Monday afternoon:
"In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension.
I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost."
Peralta was among a handful of players linked to the Biogenisis of America clinic who were punished with suspensions from the MLB.
The Detroit Tigers released this statement on Peralta's suspension:
"We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game," the statement read. "The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers' organization will provide no further comment on Peralta's suspension."
Last month, former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason.
MLB players suspended as part of its Biogenesis drug investigation:
-- Antonio Bastardo, lhp, Philadelphia -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Ryan Braun, of, Milwaukee (2011 NL MVP) -- suspended 65 games on July 22, 2013.
-- Everth Cabrera, ss, San Diego (2013 All-Star) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Melky Cabrera, of, Toronto (2012 All-Star game MVP) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 15, 2012 while with San Francisco.
-- Cesar Carrillo, rhp, Detroit Double-A (Erie) -- suspended 100 games, March 10, 2013. Released by Tigers July 25, 2013.
-- Francisco Cervelli, c, N.Y. Yankees -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Nelson Cruz, of, Texas (2011 AL championship series MVP) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Bartolo Colon, rhp, Oakland (2005 AL Cy Young Award winner) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 22, 2012.
-- Fautino De Los Santos, rhp, San Diego Double-A (San Antonio) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Sergio Escalona, lhp, Houston Double-A (Corpus Christi) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Yasmani Grandal, c, San Diego -- suspended 50 games on Nov. 7, 2012.
-- Fernando Martinez, of, N.Y. Yankees Triple-A (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Jesus Montero, c, Seattle -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Jordan Norberto, lhp, Oakland (released by A's on May 8) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Jhonny Peralta, ss, Detroit (2013 All-Star) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Cesar Puello, of, N.Y. Mets Double-A (Binghamton) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.
-- Alex Rodriguez, 3b, N.Y. Yankees (AL MVP 2003, 2005 and 2007; 14-time All-Star) -- suspended 211 games from Aug. 8 through the remainder of the 2013 season and the 2014 seasons.
-- Jordany Valdespin, inf, New York Mets, on option Triple-A (Las Vegas) -- suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013.