Tigers' Peralta plays before possible suspension
Tigers All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta insisted he didn't not know whether Major League Baseball planned to suspend him for his role in the Biogenesis case.
"I don't hear nothing yet," Peralta said Wednesday morning before playing against the Washington Nationals.
It might end up being his last game for a while.
Detroit if off Thursday, and discipline is expected to be announced Friday.
If Peralta is suspended 50 games for first offense under baseball's drug program, he would lose $1,639,344 of his $6 million salary. Barring rescheduled games, he would not be eligible to play until Sept. 24, leaving him with just five games of the regular season. He would be eligible Sept. 14 for an injury rehab assignment -- if any of Detroit's minor league teams remain in their playoffs.
Peralta declined to say if he would appeal a suspension, but acknowledged he would disheartened if he is forced to miss nearly one-third of the season.
"It's going to be disappointing, but there's nothing that I can do," he said.
The AL Central-leading Tigers are trying to finish first in three straight seasons for the first time since 1907-09. They haven't won the World Series since 1984.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team protected itself against a suspension by acquiring slick-fielding infielder Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade Tuesday night.
"If it were a 15-day thing, like a typical injury, I think we could have comfortably dealt with it with the players we already have," Dombrowski said. "But when you start to talk about 50 days and a possible playoff run, we feel better going ahead with Jose."
Even though there has been speculation for months that Peralta will be suspended, the 31-year-old native of Dominican Republic said he has attempted to not pay attention.
"I try to play baseball every day and try to come in ready to play every day and don't try to worry," he said.
MLB has told the union which players it intends to suspend, and the sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
Baseball hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized. Under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement, suspensions for violations not caused by a positive test are effective on the third business day after the discipline is issued -- another sign pointing to a Friday announcement.
NOTES: Tigers minor leaguer Juan Alcantara was suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The right-hander, on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Tigers, is effective immediately. He is the 37th player penalized under the minor league drug program.