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For baseball fans who prefer box scores to court battles, this Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug saga can’t leave the news cycle soon enough. Thankfully, today is supposed to mark the beginning of the end.
Major League Baseball is planning to officially announce the suspension of 13 players on Monday at noon ET for ties to Anthony Bosch’s anti-aging clinic in Miami. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and minor leaguers Jordan Norberto, Fautino De Los Santos and Cesar Puello are the nine names known to be facing sentencing. And there are still three mystery players out there.
A-Rod intends to appeal his suspension -- which will likely run through 2014 -- and make his regular-season debut on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. He’ll be allowed to play for however long it takes the appeal to be heard, giving him a bit of short-term fantasy value. Cruz might also appeal and try to play out the remainder of the 2013 campaign with the second-place Rangers. The others are expected to accept 50-game penalties.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has looked like a reborn player this year, boasting a .361/.411/.644 batting line with 11 homers, 37 RBI, seven steals and 37 runs scored in 54 games. But it might be a long time before he gets on the field again.
Hanley jammed his right shoulder Sunday when he fell into the stands at Chicago’s Wrigley Field while tracking down a ball in foul territory. He left the game with a trainer and a disgusted look on his face and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. It’s very possible that he’s going to require a disabled list stint.
The injury arrives with awful timing for the red-hot Dodgers, who start a big four-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday night and don’t have a good fill-in at short. Hanley is irreplaceable in fantasy leagues and irreplaceable to National League West-leading Los Angeles.
Farquhar, For Real
The race for Tom Wilhelmsen’s former ninth-inning job may already have a winner. Danny Farquhar, a young hard-throwing right-hander, converted the first save of his major league career on Saturday night at Baltimore’s Camden Yards and then earned the second save of his career the next day in the Mariners’ and Orioles’ series finale. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk in either outing and struck out a total of three batters.
Farquhar has an ugly 5.09 overall ERA this year and a 5.54 career ERA in the bigs, but talent has never been the issue and he’s now rattled off seven straight scoreless appearances. The 26-year-old also has 53 strikeouts in 35 1/3 total innings. Go grab him in mixed leagues.
National League Quick Hits: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is likely headed to the disabled list … A.J. Burnett went the distance, striking out nine, in the Pirates’ defeat of the Rockies on Sunday … Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 34th save of the season in Sunday night’s defeat of the Phillies … Yasiel Puig (thumb) is expected to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Monday night in St. Louis … Braves left-hander Alex Wood held the Phillies to two hits and one run over six innings on Sunday … B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 with a double Sunday night against the Phillies … Jayson Werth (hand) expects to play Monday against the Braves … Jim Henderson tallied his 15th save of the season Sunday in the Brewers’ win over the Nationals … Russell Martin hit a three-run homer in the Pirates’ victory over the Rockies on Sunday … Brandon McCarthy allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in his return from the disabled list Sunday afternoon in Boston … Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown (concussion) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Low-A Lakewood … Mets youngster Zack Wheeler coughed up four runs -- three earned -- in five innings Sunday in a loss to the Royals … David Freese finished 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored Sunday in the Cardinals’ pounding of the rival Reds … The Dodgers officially released left-hander Ted Lilly … Lance Lynn struck out 11 batters over eight innings Sunday as the Cardinals routed the Reds … The Pirates do not plan on shutting Gerrit Cole down early … Aramis Ramirez (knee) could return from the disabled list this weekend … Matt Kemp (ankle) will resume workouts this week when the Dodgers travel to St. Louis … Mets closer Bobby Parnell is day-to-day with a stiff neck.
American League Quick Hits: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was diagnosed Sunday with a mild calf strain and could be placed back on the 15-day disabled list … Derek Holland threw eight scoreless innings Sunday afternoon in a win over the A’s … Rays youngster Wil Myers hit a two-run homer and drew two walks on Sunday and is now batting .329/.379/.533 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in his first 39 major league games … Colby Lewis (elbow) is shifting his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Round Rock … Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw at around 80 percent intensity on Sunday … Chris Getz (knee) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Omaha … Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the Twins’ defeat of the Astros on Sunday … Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his 27th save of the season on Sunday against the Astros … Astros starter Brad Peacock struck out 10 batters Sunday in a loss to the Twins … Phil Hughes lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the Yankee’s loss to the Padres on Sunday in San Diego … Rays closer Fernando Rodney collected his 27th save of the season in Sunday’s win over the Giants … Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer in the Angels’ loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday … Felix Doubront tossed seven innings of shutout ball Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks … Indians lefty Scott Kazmir stayed hot on Sunday, throwing six shutout innings against the Marlins … Ervin Santana delivered six innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals’ victory over the Mets … Michael Pineda left a rehab start this weekend with renewed shoulder soreness and is headed back to New York for an MRI … Dontrelle Willis signed a minor league contract with the Angels … Blue Jays setup man Steve Delabar was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation … Matt Moore (elbow) played catch from 60 feet on Sunday and reported feeling fine.
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