HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Fernando Martinez, Astros outfielder, has been implicated in the PED scandal surrounding a Miami-area clinic and could be handed a hefty suspension in the coming weeks. Major League Baseball could suspend over 20 players including Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun, and Melky Cabrera who have been linked to the largest performance-enhancing drug scandal in its history.
The 24-year old Martinez is a client of ACES sports agency which has been linked to at least 10 players in the PED scandal. The Astros claimed Martinez off of waivers January 2012. In his 11 games with the Astros, Martinez hit .182 with one home run and three RBIs. Martinez was designated for assignment on May 6 and has been playing with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
On Tuesday, the investigation broke open when Tony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis clinic, agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. While Bosch has not named any names yet, ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported a number of players after their code names were revealed by the Miami New Times.
MLB’s drug agreement calls for a 50-game suspension for a first offense, 100 games for a second offense, and a lifetime ban for a third.