Tigers' Peralta accepts 50 game suspension
The Detroit Tigers will be without shortstop Jhonny Peralta until three games before the end of the season.
Peralta accepted a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, according to foxsports.com.
Major League Baseball has not made an official statement yet.
The Associated Press reported in late July that if Peralta was suspended, he would lose more than $1,639,344 of his $6 million salary.
Others included in the report are Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonia Bastardo and New York Mets Jordany Valdespin.
If the Tigers make the playoffs, Peralta would be eligible to return.
The Tigers clubhouse released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding Peralta's suspension:
"We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game. The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers' organization will provide no further comment on Peraltaâ??s suspension."
Peralta released the following statement:
"In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers' organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension. I love the fans, my teammates and this organization, and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost."
Peralta is hitting .305 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs this season.
The Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade in late July.