Alex Rodriguez is getting all the headlines, but Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was also among the players that yesterday’s Miami New Times report linked to a biogenesis clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs.
Rangers boss Nolan Ryan was asked about the story and said the team hasn’t spoken to Cruz about it, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:
When something like that happens, I think we need to let things settle down. It’s an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball, so that’s kind of the position we’ve taken.
And of course because Nelson Cruz isn’t Alex Rodriguez no one is suggesting the Rangers should release him or try to void his contract or banish him to the moon or any of that fun stuff.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculated yesterday that even if Cruz were to be suspended the Rangers would likely stay in-house with a short-term replacement.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.