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Peralta awaits ruling; Tigers make move

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With a possible suspension looming, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta spoke briefly with reporters before Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals not knowing what the future holds.

Asked if he might appeal if Major League Baseball suspends him and other players for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, Peralta said, "I don't have a comment yet. I try to see what's better for everybody and see what can happen."

The Tigers apparently believe a suspension is imminent. President and general manager Dave Dombrowski made a three-way trade on Tuesday night to get 23-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias to fill in for Peralta if in fact he is suspended. The Tigers gave up minor league prospects Avasail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal as part of the deal that also sent pitcher Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox.

"The more we talked about our scenario, if there is a lengthy suspension in which Jhonny does not play -- and I do not know where that stands -- we now feel very well protected with someone we like a great deal," Dombrowski said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We didn't feel protected for a lengthy period with the guys we had internally the more we talked about it."

Peralta is linked to Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis clinic in Florida. There are indications from multiple reports that some of the players are expected to receive 50-game suspensions as early as Friday.

"I don't hear nothing," Peralta said. "Try to play this game. I know I'm still here. I don't worry about nothing. I try to play this game today."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland avoided speculation on Peralta.

"Don't ask my anything about the Peralta situation," Leyland said. "Don't ask my anything about it. All of that is Major League Baseball. If you want the answer to any of those questions, call the commissioner's office."

As far as possibly losing Peralta's offense, Leyland said, "I think you're going to miss Jhonny Peralta's bat if something happens. I don't know that anything is going to happen and I'm not going to comment on it until something does happen."

Peralta entered Wednesday's game hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs this season.
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