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Rangers' Cruz Suspended 50 Games

The news Texas Ranger fans had been dreading finally became official Monday, as right fielder Nelson Cruz was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball.

Cruz is one of 13 players suspended Monday for ties to the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Miami, Florida, in addition to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun who was suspended a few weeks ago.

The suspensions were timed to happen with exactly 50 games left in the season, meaning Cruz could theoretically return for the playoffs, if the Rangers make it.

Here is the full statement released by Cruz after the suspension was announced:

"I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers' fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs."

The Rangers also released the following statement:

"The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Nelson Cruz has violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Rangers' organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers will have no further comment."

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