Cruz issues statement following 50 game suspension. - Tucson News Now

Cruz issues statement following 50 game suspension.

Nelson Cruz (Source: www.texas.rangers.mlb.com) Nelson Cruz (Source: www.texas.rangers.mlb.com)
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USA Today is reporting that Nelson Cruz has informed the Texas Rangers that he will accept his 50-game suspension, stunning Rangers' officials.

Rangers officials were blindsided by the news, only learning of Cruz's decision Monday morning, hours before MLB was set to announce its discipline in the Biogenesis matter. 

Cruz has decided not to appeal MLB's punishment for his links to the Biogenesis clinic and will miss the 50 games the playoff-contending Rangers have remaining in the regular season, the person said on condition of anonymity because the punishments have not been made public

Cruz would be eligible for the postseason, but what could be most significant for him personally is that, at age 33, he becomes a free agent after the season. With his suspension behind him, a right fielder who ranks among the American League Top 5 in home runs and RBI should attract a significant contract.

In a statement released on Monday, Cruz said he made and error in judgement and used performance enhancing drugs in order to recover from a gastrointestinal illness that caused him to lose 40 pounds between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. 

"I accept full responsibility for that error," said Cruz. "I should have handled the situation differently and my illness was no excuse."

Cruz went on to thank Rangers' fans and the Rangers organization and said he looks forward for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs. 

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