Monday, August 5, 2013

Nelson Cruz blames stomach illness for using performance-enhancing drugs

On Monday, Major League Baseball handed down suspensions to 13 players because of their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. One of those players included Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz.

Following the official news of the suspension, Cruz provided the public an explanation for why he chose to use performance-enhancing drugs. And it allegedly involved a nasty stomach virus that caused him to lose 40 pounds between the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Here is Cruz's statement:

"From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs."

The 33-year-old has decided not to appeal the ruling and will begin serving his suspension immediately. Kudos for him taking responsibility for what happened unlike a certain third basemen who plays for the New York Yankees.

The Rangers will certainly miss having Cruz's bat in the lineup, though. Cruz starts his suspension as the club's leader in both home runs (27) and RBI (76).

Via Big League Stew

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