Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner told ESPN.com on Tuesday that if penalties stemming from the Biogenesis investigation are appealed before an arbitrator, the suspensions might not be served until next year.
Weiner said he expects MLB to inform the union of any decisions in the next month, and the union will ask that any announcements regarding discipline be withheld until after an arbitrator upholds any punishment. Because of the time needed for hearings, cases to challenge a penalty won't be decided this season.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun are reported to be among those under investigation for ties to the now closed anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch, who is accused of supplying the players with performance-enhancing drugs. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" has reported that as many as 20 players are facing suspensions.
Once MLB and the union agree on how grievances should be processed, Fredric Horowitz will listen to arguments from both sides, but not until at least September.
---Despite a hot start to his comeback attempt, the Texas Rangers plan to keep slugger Manny Ramirez at Triple-A Round Rock for now, according to an MLB.com report.
Citing sources, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan said the team has no plans to promote Ramirez after the All-Star Game. The 41-year-old is 9-for-30 with three home runs for the Express.
The controversial slugger signed with a Taiwanese team this season for $25,000 a month but opted out of his contract after 49 games in the hopes of returning to the major leagues. He batted .352 with eight home runs with the Rhinos in Kaohsiung.
In other news, Rangers are one of the teams interested in Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza but aren't willing to give up Martin Perez. according to a report.
---Yoenis Cespedes' win in Monday night's Chevrolet Home Run Derby, telecast on ESPN drew a 5.0 metered market rating, according to Nielsen, up six percent from the 2012 Derby. Based on the metered market numbers, ESPN was the top-rated network in prime time Monday night, MLB.com reported.
The top-rated markets were Detroit (9.8), Pittsburgh (9.6), Baltimore (9.0), New York (7.9) and St. Louis (7.4).
The telecast also generated 868,878 social media comments, according to Twitter, an 8percent rise in social commentary over the 2012 event. The Oakland A's slugger defeated Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper in the final round.
---Detroit Tigers starter, Max Scherzer, who's in the middle of a career season, won't reopen contract talks until the offseason, his agent told reporters.
It's a standard move by Scott Boras, who typically guides his players to the open market. Scherzer, the starter for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, avoided salary arbitration in February, when he agreed to a one-year, $6.73 million deal. He can become a free agent after the 2014 season.
The 28-year-old is 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 19 starts. Boras said Scherzer would like to stay with the Tigers.
---Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre told the BBWAA on Tuesday that the league is proceeding with a plan to expand instant replay next season.
"We're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014," Torre said.
Home runs calls have been subject to video review since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add traps in the outfield and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but those changes were delayed.
---The Kansas City Royals claimed infielder Pedro Ciriaco off waivers from the San Diego Padres. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment Friday.
Ciriaco is batting just .228 with two homers and eight steals in 51 games this season.
---Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere had surgery on his broken right foot Tuesday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Revere had two screws placed across the fracture. The lefty was batting .305 with nine doubles and three triples, while stealing 22 bases. He broke his foot on a foul ball before grounding into a game-ending double play to end Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.
---Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa has been cleared by the U.S. government and is free to sign with a Major League team, according to an MLB.com report.
Hinojosa, a former star right-hander for the Cuban national team, defected in January and has been petitioning MLB to become a free agent ever since. Because he's older than 23 and has pitched for at least three years in Cuba's top league, he isn't subjected to the international spending cap. The Chiacgo Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are among the teams believed to be interested.