The primary players were already known before yesterday’s Biogenesis suspensions were handed down by Major League Baseball. In addition to the circus that surrounds Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, names like Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, and even Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera were known to be involved in the whole situation. The latter two already served their suspensions and therefore will be able to play the rest of the season.
But then there were the “other, not yet named” players to be reported as part of yesterday’s news. We didn’t know what teams those players would come from, if they were big stars, or really anything else about them. For all of the sources, leaks, breaking news, reports, scoops, and everything else, there were three names we didn’t know until the actual suspensions got dropped. For that, the Colorado Rockies, or at least their fans, had to hold their collective breath and hope for the best.
It turns out it was the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Houston Astros who would lose a player each to the Biogenesis case. Those names would be Jordany Valdespin, Antonio Bastardo, and Sergio Escalona, respectively.
The Rockies have been involved in PED news in the past, namely with lesser names such as Mike Jacobs or Eliezer Alfonzo and their respective suspensions. We didn’t know for sure that the Rockies would be clear of yesterday’s punishments or not, so it’s a relief to know that they’re OK. Given the last couple weeks, it would potentially have been a real punch to the stomach for a team that is already reeling.