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Francisco Cervelli Likely to Be Suspended 50 Games for Involvement in Biogenesis

July 30th, 2013 at 10:51 PM
By Douglas Rush

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has caught the most media attention for his reported involvement in the Biogenesis case. Flying under the radar is another Yankee player who will likely be punished too.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli will be suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Miami Biogenesis case, which has been ongoing since the winter.

Cervelli has been on the disabled list since April 27th with a fractured right hand that has limited him to just 17 games in 2013 after winning he starting job in 2013, but the Yankees have had to use Chris Stewart and Austin Romine in the meantime at catcher, both of which are best suited to be backup catchers. Cervelli was slated to come back in August, but had a setback with his rehab, which would have kept him out until August. Now, his return likely won't be until 2014.

With the trade deadline at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees will now look to pursue a temporary option at catcher now that Cervelli will likely be suspended for the remainder of the season, as the 50-game ban will make him sit out the rest of this season.

Cervelli was batting .269 with three home runs and eight RBI for the Yankees before landing on the DL.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Francisco Cervelli, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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