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MLB Roundup: MLB may be close to deal on drugs case, Indians' Perez probed

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A day after ESPN reported that up to 20 players, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, could be suspended for using performance-enhancing substances, another report indicates Major League Baseball is close to a deal with its informant in the case.

Anthony Bosch, the head of the now-shuttered south Florida wellness clinic Biogenesis that allegedly supplied the drugs, will soon testify about his connection with the players who were clients, according to USA Today.

Jim Axelrod of CBS News cited a league executive in a report that "as many as 25 players, including some big names that previously have not surfaced in connection to the clinic" could be implicated.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was among those who reacted to the story that broke Tuesday night. One of the prominently named players is the Yankees' Rodriguez, who is currently on the disabled list recovering from offseason hip surgery.

"My concern is about the game and the game being clean and the game just being good," Girardi said. "I hoped that we were through it, but obviously maybe we're not. But we'll let MLB handle it. We'll cross that bridge. This is in MLB's hands and for me to speculate doesn't make a lot of sense."

---Police are investigating another possible drug-related incident involving Indians closer Chris Perez in suburban Cleveland, according to media reports.

Rocky River (Ohio) police, U.S. postal inspectors and the West Shore Enforcement Bureau, a regional narcotics unit, searched Perez's rented home after a package was delivered there on Tuesday.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and found a controlled substance but would not identify the contents of the parcel, which postal workers identified as suspicious, according to Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman,

After tests are completed at a state crime laboratory, possible charges could follow, Perez and his wife were not arrested.

Indians manager Terry Francona learned about the incident late Tuesday.

"I spoke to Chris this morning," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees. "I called him just to make sure he was OK. Other than that, we have to allow the process to unfold. Out of respect to everybody involved, that's all I can say."

The 27-year-old reliever is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Perez received attention last month when he deleted his Twitter account after angrily responding to fans complaining about his performance on the mound. He has eight saves this season.

---Right-hander Josh Beckett will not throw for four weeks because of numbness in his pitching hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced.

Beckett, 33, is on the disabled list with a groin strain, but the bigger issue appears to be the loss of sensation in his fingers and hand. He went to see a specialist on Tuesday in Dallas and was diagnosed with a nerve irritation in his arm.

While no surgery was recommended, Beckett will refrain from throwing a baseball for four weeks.

Injuries have hit the Dodgers, last in the National League West with a 25-32 record, hard this season. Starting pitchers Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano are out, Zack Greinke recently returned from a broken collarbone and Hyun-Jin Ryu missed his last start with a foot problem.

---The Milwaukee Brewers placed starting pitcher Marco Estrada on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury and called up Triple-A right-hander Tyler Thronburg on Wednesday.

Estrada was injured during Monday night's loss to the Oakland A's in which he gave up nine hits and five runs in four innings.

In 12 starts this season, Estrada is 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA and has given up a National League-high 14 home runs. Thornburg is 0-7 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 starts this season for Nashville.

---Keith Olbermann is returning to sports broadcasting as the host of TBS's postseason baseball studio show.

Turner Sports announced Wednesday that Olbermann will be paired with Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley starting in October for the playoffs. Olbermann has previously hosted postseason baseball shows on NBC and Fox in the late 1990s.

Olbermann's most recent broadcasting jobs were as a prime-time host for MSNBC and Current TV, focusing mostly on politics. His last sports job was in a studio role for NBC Sunday Night Football.
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