Alex Rodriguez- NYA- Warning- ARod's season may be over before it even began. He is one of the names in the Biogenesis scandal and is reportedly facing a 100-game suspension. MLB is looking to hit him with the penalty for two PED violations on the theory that being involved with Biogenesis was one and that denying he had a connection is a separate violation. That theory will undoubtedly be appealed by the Players' Association, but at a minimum ARod will be done for 50 games.
Melky Cabrera- TOR- Warning- Cabrera is one of the many players facing possible suspension for connections to Biogenesis. He has already sat out a 50-game suspension for PEDs and so could be looking at a 100-game penalty now. Cabrera has hit .323 since the beginning of May but with a BABIP of .358 last month and .364 in the early days of June. He only has 2 homers this season so the outlook for significant fantasy contribution the rest of the way wasn't that good. Now there is a huge cloud over his head.
Jesus Montero- SEA- Warning- Montero's impending knee surgery might not be the worst news he's gotten this week. His name is connected to Biogenesis so when MLB hands down suspensions he is going to be on the list. If the suspensions are imposed before Montero is healthy, and any appeals are resolved, the clock starts ticking immediately on the suspension. He wouldn't have to wait to come off the minor league DL.
Ian Kinsler- TEX- Idea- I will preface this as pure speculation on my part but the likely impending suspension for Nelson Cruz could impact Kinsler. If Cruz ends up leaving the club near the time Kinsler is ready to return then there will be a hole in the Texas outfield. There was talk in the offseason about Kinsler being moved to the outfield to make room for Jurickson Profar. Kinsler will need some minor league rehab time before he rejoins the Rangers. Perhaps they will use that to get him acclimated to the outfield and slot him in Cruz's spot and leave Profar at 2B. Stranger things have happened.
Jose Iglesias- BOS- Hot- Iglesias went 2-for-5 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI in Boston's thumping of the Rangers. That actually dropped his average to .431 after 17 games. The Red Sox are reportedly having trouble deciding what to do with Iglesias when Will Middlebrooks comes off the DL this weekend. Looking at the .511 BABIP Iglesias has along with a Batting EYE of .09, it seems like the prudent thing to do would be thankful for catching lightning in a bottle and send him back to Pawtucket where he was hitting .202 before being called up.
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