Pedro Martinez: “Probably 60 percent of baseball” was using PEDs

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Pedro Martinez has been consistent in his disapproval of those who used PEDs during his career. But he is under no illusions that the ones we talk about the most — Manny Ramirez and other All-Stars and would-be Hall of Famers — were unique in this regard. Martinez:

“It wasn’t just Manny,” Martinez said of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “Probably 60 percent of baseball was doing that.”

The numbers on this tend to be all over the place, but I feel like if we graphed these estimates from players over the years the biggest blob of dots would be just north of 50 percent. Certainly hundreds of players were using then.

Which, assuming Martinez is being truthful when he said he was clean, makes his accomplishments all the more impressive, if that’s even possible.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.