MLB suspension talks drag; 14 players targeted

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Peralta thinks he shouldn’t be on the list of players linked to Biogenesis.

“It’s wrong,” he said. “But whatever happens, I need to fight and try to move on.”

Rodriguez, a three-time MVP and baseball’s highest-paid player, is the biggest star ensnared in the probe. He admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing substances while with Texas from 2001-03 but repeatedly has denied using them since.

He’s been sidelined all season since hip surgery in January and then a quadriceps strain during a minor league rehab assignment in July. The Yankees say he’ll start another rehab assignment Friday _ Double-A Trenton appeared to be the likely destination.

“Hopefully Alex will be back shortly thereafter,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Rodriguez didn’t stop to talk with reporters after his rehab session Wednesday at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal were all suspended for 50 games last year for positive tests for elevated testosterone. MLB informed the union they won’t receive additional discipline for that violation, two people familiar with the probe said. They also spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

“Nothing’s been told to me,” Melky Cabrera said. “I served my suspension last year, but MLB has never told me that it’s OK now. I’m seeing it in the press, but I don’t know.”

Texas was unable to find a replacement bat to fill a void a suspension of Cruz would create.

“I don’t think anybody’s comfortable losing a significant part of your club, but it’s out of our control,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We explored some deal like that. They just didn’t come to a head. It wasn’t for lack of interest or lack of effort. It was more lack of supply and lack of fit, really.”

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AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley, AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins, Larry Lage and Bernie Wilson, and AP freelance writer Mark Didlter contributed to this report.

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