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Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta not likely to rejoin their teams following their suspensions

Aug 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

At least that’s what Pedro Gomez is hearing:


If this holds I suppose we can call it the “Melky precedent.” Of course, all bets are off if either the Rangers or Tigers experience an injury to a key player or something.

  1. braddavery - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Cruz was more important to the Rangers than Peralta was to the Tigers. I can see some fan backlash if the Rangers make the playoffs and are ousted in the first round with a healthy Cruz on a forced vacation.

    • kruegere - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Maybe they’ll stick a good defender out in RF.

    • irvin12589 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Guess you missed Peralta’s Grand Slam the week before his suspension. He isn’t a Miggy or a Prince but he is still a nice bat to have in the back half of the lineup. Although Iglesias is a HUGE defensive upgrade. So either way I am happy :)

      • braddavery - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Well I never said Peralta isn’t good or that he wasn’t having a great season. I was speaking only about worth to team, which in my opinion, swings towards Cruz. I think Peralta overall would be easier to replace than Cruz’ dangerous bat.

      • irvin12589 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Well yea of course Cruz is worth more to his team. If you put Cruz on the Tigers he would be batting probably 6th just like Perralta was.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Both players will be very rusty after a 50 game forced layoff. They are unlikely to be able to be a help in short intense series.

    • beefytrout - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      they can still work out with the team and face live pitching during the suspension, as well as a 10-day “rehab” stint in the minors prior to the suspension being lifted.

      • jwbiii - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        The minor league season will over before their suspensions end.

      • beefytrout - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        Q: Can he work out with the team while he is suspended?

        A: He will be permitted to work out with the Rangers (before the gates open to the public on game days) or, alternatively, work out at minor league or Spring Training facilities. Suspended players are also permitted under Section 7.H.2 of the Drug Program to consent to an unpaid rehab assignment prior to being reinstated from the Restricted List. The problem is that the only team that will be playing over the last two weeks of his suspension is the Fall Instructional League team made up mostly of very young minor leaguers. Again, while he is eligible to work out with the Rangers or at their facilities, the club has not yet made a decision on whether the invitation will be extended.

      • rpearlston - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Check your minor league calendar. The minor league season (I’m not talking abou the FL or AZ fall leagues, or winter ball) ends this year on 2 September.

        You can check it for yourself – it’s

      • beefytrout - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Reading fail by rpearlston. Giggle.

  3. miketreedy - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    How are often are the media right about anything? They are much better at covering the news after it happens than trying to predict anything. Wasn’t Arod supposed to banned for life?

    The Rangers play things very close to the vest so I don’t believe anything some dumb reporter or blogger thinks he knows. It is also likely they will wait to make a decision as they get closer to the end of the season.

  4. miketreedy - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Just to add the Rangers might really need Cruz to replace Murphy’s bat in the line up. They might also need a DH for the post season if Puma can’t make it back. Cruz would make an excellent DH for the post season.

    • rpearlston - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Please, take off the Lone Star colored glasses so that you can stop making a fool of yourself.

  5. ahenobarbuso - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The somewhat vague comments Jon Daniels made when asked about possibly bringing Cruz back for the playoffs makes me think he and the Ranger’s management are sort of against it. Adding Alex Rios to the roster only further strengthened my feeling that Nelson Cruz is perhaps done in Texas.

    You don’t really want to have all the publicity/distractions and fans potentially booing during the playoffs anyways…

  6. beelza - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    With respect to Peralta, Gomez is full of shit. His tweet is complete bullshit. Pedro is taking a stab in the dark here, and every diligent Detroit Tigers fan knows it. A hobbled Cabrera and Infante, and Jhonny’s bat all point to Peralta making the post-season roster. His bat and popularity in the clubhouse mean Peralta rejoins the team. DD is WS or bust, adding Peralta’s bat with near zero downside is easy. I’ll welome Jhonny back for sure. He made a terrible mistake, he’ll pay a very high price – Iggy is the new SS in Detroit.

    • joerymi - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I am a diligent Tiger’s fan, and I don’t “know” he is full of shit here. I actually am 75/25 that Peralta doesn’t return, and it nothing to do with ethics. I would actually think it would be less likely for Peralta to return than Cruz.

      A few reasons.

      I think you can make a strong argument that José Iglesias’ far superior defense makes them quite a bit better overall, even assuming he is little more than a .250 type hitter with zero power.

      Also, Cabrera hobbled now means he will be in a month and a half? Same thing with Infante. Their biggest issue is if Fielder continues to suck.

      And finally, what will Perallta be after sitting for 50 games?

      If they leave the decision to Leyland, he will be back. But I would feel stronger about this team in the playoffs without him or simply with him as a bench player/pinch hitter. Starting at SS for the Tigers? I am going Iglesias all day long.

      • beelza - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Gomez is the source, which weighs heavily in my opinion b/c ESPN acted as Selig’s Ministry of Propoganda during this entire PED affair-it unfolded like a drawn-out TMZ episode. I take Gomez comments as trying, yet again, to shape popular opinion. Moreover, I believe that Selig would prefer that none of suspended players return to their teams, eligible or not.

        For me, Peralta is insurance. I buy insurance as a hedge against catastrophic events. Like Iggy being injured, or Infante being injured. Iggy sliding to 2nd and Jhonny to SS, for an example.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Peralta did so much HGH that he got an extra ‘h’ dropped into his first name. /rimshot

    How’s that for revisionist herstori?

  8. joestemme - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Adding even more fuel to the fire as to why Girardi, Cashman & the Steinbrenners have A-Roid out there right now awaiting his laughable “appeal”…………..

  9. weaselpuppy - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Jhonny or Hernan Perez on a WS or bust roster?

    Gomez is full of crap.

  10. jbones77 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Rangers players have been very vocal about welcoming Cruz back. Gotta call BS on Pedro Gomez here,

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