DETROIT, Mich. — Detroit Tigers All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta is one of 12 MLB players suspended 50 games by the league Monday as a result of their connection to a Miami pharmacy that provided performance-enhancing drugs.
Peralta has chosen to not appeal the suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis, meaning his punishment goes into effect immediately.
In a statement Monday, Peralta addressed his suspension:
“In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have 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 RBI in 104 games this season. He’ll be eligible to play in the Tigers’ final three games of the regular season and all postseason play, should Detroit make the playoffs.