Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit Friday against the individuals connected with the Biogenesis clinic in south Florida that allegedly supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs.
The motive behind the suit is to compel the people associated with clinic, including owner Anthony Bosch, to cooperate the baseball investigators and to recoup lost money from the clinic and agents of prominent players, The New York Times reported. The suit also alleges that the image of the game was compromised by the PED scandal.
Should the legal action proceed, it would allow MLB to subpoena records from the now-shuttered clinic and seek depositions from those involved. The evidence would give baseball the opportunity to make a case against players suspected of doping. The sport has found it difficult to discipline or suspend players linked to doping activity but have not tested positive.
--- Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Adam Eaton will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a UCL sprain in his left elbow.
Eaton, 24, was injured while sliding into third base on Monday.
Eaton was expected to be the Diamondbacks' leadoff hitter this season.
---The Cincinnati Reds will keep Aroldis Chapman in their bullpen as the closer this season and hand the fifth spot in the starting rotation to Mike Leake, the team confirmed.
Reds management experimented with Chapman as a starter during the sprin.
---The Washington Nationals signed veteran left-hander J.C. Romero on Friday to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
According to MLB.com, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Romero will not make the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
---The Kansas City Royals named right-hander James Shields as their Opening Day starter.
Shields will be making his debut for the Royals after an offseason trade with Tampa Bay. The Royals face the Chicago White Sox on April 1 in a road game.
---Scott Diamond, who was expected to the Minnesota Twins' Opening Day starter, will begin the season on the disabled list instead.
He had a bone chip removed from his elbow in December and had several setbacks in the spring. He is expected to return to action in mid-April.
---The father of a student who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will step out on the mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opener April 5 against the Angels.
Robbie Parker's 6-year-old daughter, Emilee, was one of the 27 victims in Newtown, Conn. Parker grew up in Texas and enjoyed taking her to major-league games.
---The Kansas City Royals released 35-year-old outfielder Endy Chavez, who was trying to win a roster spot after signing a minor-league deal in December.
---The San Francisco Giants released reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Wilson Valdez.
CSNBayArea.com reports the Giants would like to re-sign Ramirez to a minor-league deal that doesn't contain an opt-out clause if he doesn't sign with another team.
-- Veteran outfielder Bill Hall was released by the Los Angeles Angels.