Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has reportedly accepted a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The long-awaited news has been first broken by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
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Peralta, a long-time member of the Cleveland Indians, was found to have purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the much-discussed Biogenesis clinic, will miss the bulk of the 2013 season. He was in the midst of a year that saw him provide a slash line of .305/.361/.461 with 11 home runs and 54 runs batted in. The 31-year-old shortstop will be a free agent this winter, leading to speculation that the player decided to not appeal his suspension, preferring to not hinder his market value heading into 2014.
In an official statement on the matter, Peralta says that he “made a terrible mistake” in the spring of 2012. “I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgement and I accept my suspension,” he said.
The Tigers are currently three games up on the Indians in the AL Central and are already potentially without third baseman Miguel Cabrera who is suffering from hip issues. Peralta will be eligible to return for the post-season in the event that the Tigers are one of the five teams that will represent the American League. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that no decision has been made about the shortstop’s eventual return.
“[Peralta] broke the rules and he has to pay the price for it,” Dombrowski said.