Texas OF Cruz expects to play today

OAKLAND, Calif. — Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz said he’s ready for whatever decision is handed down by Major League Baseball following its investigation of the Biogenesis clinic.

Cruz is among the players facing possible discipline for his relationship with Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s supposed to happen (today),” Cruz said. “It’s not just about myself. It’s about the team. Definitely, I’m concerned.”

The Rangers are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim tonight, and Cruz wants to be in the lineup. Even if he’s suspended, first-time offenders under baseball’s drug program are allowed to play until their penalty is upheld by an arbitrator.

Lawyers have been trying to reach agreements for many of the players who face discipline that would avoid grievances but lead to immediate penalties.

“(Today) it’s going to happen,” Cruz said before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “Whatever my decision is going to be, I haven’t decided what it’s going to be.”

Cruz said he has been in touch with his family and advisers and feels calm.

“I’m good. I don’t know how I’m doing it, but I’m doing good,” he said. “We talk every day. I haven’t made any decision yet.”


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