Aaron Gleeman

Alex Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart sentenced to seven months in prison in Biogenesis case


Alex Rodriguez’s cousin and former personal assistant, Yuri Sucart, pleaded guilty in Miami court to supplying drugs to athletes through the Biogenesis clinic and has been sentenced to seven months in prison.

Here’s more from the Associated Press:

U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga also sentenced Yuri Sucart to serve six months of house arrest after his release from prison and imposed a $5,000 fine. He could later be deported to his native Dominican Republic.

Sucart, 53, is the last of eight people to plead guilty for roles in providing steroids to Rodriguez and other athletes through the Biogenesis of America clinic owned by Anthony Bosch. Bosch, who falsely posed as licensed physician “Dr. T,” got the longest prison term at four years.

Rodriguez reportedly cut off all contact with Sucart in 2012 and is back to thriving with the Yankees after being suspended for all of last season, hitting .270 with 11 homers and an .880 OPS in 51 games at age 39.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is ready to return from Tommy John surgery


Matt Wieters is expected to complete his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Friday by coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Orioles for his first MLB game action since May 10, 2014.

Baltimore figures to ease Wieters back into the mix with plenty of days off and some time at designated hitter, in part to keep his surgically repaired elbow healthy and in part because fill-in Caleb Joseph has done a nice job behind the plate.

As a 29-year-old impending free agent Wieters has a lot riding on his staying healthy and returning to his status as one of the league’s best all-around catchers 11-and-a-half months removed from surgery.

Lance McCullers is youngest pitcher to throw complete game with 10+ strikeouts since Kerry Wood


Making just his fourth career start Wednesday night, 21-year-old Astros right-hander Lance McCullers racked up 11 strikeouts with zero walks and allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Orioles.

In doing so at 21 years and 244 days old McCullers became the youngest pitcher with double-digit strikeouts in a complete game since Kerry Wood’s incredible 20-strikeout game in 1998.

McCullers was the Astros’ “other” first-round pick in the 2012 draft that also saw them snag baseball’s best prospect, Carlos Correa, with the No. 1 pick. He has a 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings since being promoted to the big leagues on May 18 following a dominant stretch at Double-A in which he struck out 43 batters in 29 innings with a 0.62 ERA.

Houston has the AL’s best record at 34-20 and the young, high-upside talent isn’t even done arriving yet.