DETROIT — Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is having a career year, and it could be over in a matter of weeks.
ESPN reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players for 100 games each for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from the Miami-area clinic Biogenesis of America and then lying about it to MLB investigators. Peralta is on the reported list along with Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The key to the league’s case against the players is former Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch’s willingness to cooperate with MLB’s investigation. According to the report, in exchange for Bosch’s naming of players who his clinic provided PED’s, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March and put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him along with other conditions.
Peralta is hitting .338 this season with six home runs and 26 RBI’s.