Today could be one of those days in big-league history that will be long remembered. Major League Baseball is reportedly ready to suspend several players in the ongoing Biogenesis investigation.
Alex Rodriguez is likely to come off the disabled list, but nobody is sure if he’ll go to the New York Yankees’ active roster or to the suspended list for a long, long time.
Several news sites are reporting that Rodriguez will be one of a dozen-or-so players suspended on Monday, just as he’s finally ready to come off the disabled list for the New York Yankees. It’s been an interesting game of cat-and-mouse between Rodriguez, the Yankees and MLB in the past few weeks as the timetable has meshed between A-Rod’s rehab, the investigation and a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering. Rodriguez has behaved in public as if there’s nothing wrong at all, saying he is ready to join his teammates and that he feels great.
Other players on teams in pennant races — such as Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta and Texas’ Nelson Cruz — are also likely to be suspended. But Rodriguez has vowed a fight, and it’s likely that MLB will let Rodriguez play while he appeals a long suspension, perhaps one that could keep him out until 2015.
And we’ll likely finally get a bit of resolution today.
On to this week’s Monday Morning Manager:
Jason Heyward, Braves: He’s coming alive as Atlanta is pulling away in the NL East, winning 10 in a row. He was 10 for 27 in the last seven days with two homers and eight RBI, but still is languishing at .235 with 10 homers and 31 RBI on the season.
Jose Fernandez, Marlins: Becoming one of the best stories of the year on a last-place team. He handed the Indians their only loss in the last 10 games on Friday, shutting them out and striking out 14. He’s 8-5 with a 2.54 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.
Chris Perez, Indians: He’s returned to dominant form since coming off the DL on last June. He’s given up two earned runs since then in 16 appearances, with two wins and 10 saves.
Josh Johnson, Blue Jays: Toronto made three huge additions to its pitching staff in the offseason, and none have gone as planned. The worst of the bunch has been Johnson, who fell to 1-8 with a 6.60 ERA after the Angels battered him last week.
J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays: Don’t mean to pile on here, but Toronto’s battery is woefully uncharged right now. Arencibia has two hits in his last 10 games and his average has slipped to .212.
Chris Carter, Astros: He’s just an extra H from a famous football Hall of Fame player, but this Carter didn’t have as good a week as the former NFL receiver. Carter, the Houston left fielder, is 1 for his last 21 and is at .213 with just two of his 19 homers since the All-Star break.
1. Atlanta Braves (67-45, last week unranked)
2. Boston Red Sox (68-45, last week No. No. 72)
3. Tampa Bay Rays (66-45, last week No. 3)
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44, last week No. 4)
5. Detroit Tigers (64-45, last week No. 5)
6. St. Louis Cardinals (65-45, last week No. 1)
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49, last week No. 5)
8. Cleveland Indians (62-49, last week unranked)
9. Cincinnati Reds (61-51, last week unranked)
10. Texas Rangers (62-50, last week unranked)
26. Chicago Cubs (49-62, last week unranked)
27. Milwaukee Brewers (47-64, last week No. 27)
28. Miami Marlins (43-67, last week No. 28)
29. Chicago White Sox (40-69, last week No. 29)
30. Houston Astros (36-74, last week No. 30)