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Atlanta Braves Unscathed Among Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions

August 5th, 2013 at 3:36 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves, thankfully, don't have any players suspended in the Biogenesis scandal. That's more than can be said for other teams in the National League East or Alex Rodriguez though.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo and New York Mets Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin are among the 12 who received 50-game suspensions from Major League Baseball.

MLB also suspended San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez, and free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.

All suspensions are effective immediately except in Norberto's case. His suspension will begin as soon as he signs with a Major League team. All 12 of those players agreed to the 50-game suspensions in exchange for not filing an appeal.

Alex Rodriguez, meanwhile, has been suspended through the 2014 season. Yankees 101 has full coverage of that story.

Former Braves and current Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal are not among those suspended since their previous steroid suspensions were in connection with Biogenesis.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia were rumored to have been included in the players to be suspended, but MLB found no evidence of any violations to the drug agreement.

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