Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball’s fight against performance-enhancing drugs on Wednesday, declining to discuss the recent suspension of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun or whether other stars will also face penalties.
Braun was suspended for the rest of the season Monday, a total of 65 games, for violating baseball’s anti-drug policy. He is the first player to be punished as part of an investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis Clinic, which is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to as many as 20 other players; a list that is believed to include injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Selig said he could not discuss the ongoing investigation.
‘‘Any comment from me is inappropriate, ‘‘Selig said. ‘‘People have been thorough. I said last week the process would be comprehensive, thorough, fair, and we have spent thousands of hours doing these things. I appreciate all the players who have been complimentary of the process. We’re doing this in a very disciplined, thorough, fair, and sensitive manner.’’
Selig said he was proud of baseball’s drug testing program. Since the program was first implemented in 2004, 32 major league players have been suspended for using banned substances. Three were suspended a second time.
Wedge: Mild stroke
Mariners manager Eric Wedge sustained what the club called a ‘‘very mild stroke,’’ but he was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The 45-year-old Wedge was hospitalized Monday when he complained about light-headedness during batting practice.
He missed the entire three-game series against Cleveland, but after a battery of tests was sent home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Mariners said in a statement.
Phillies’ Brown out
Domonic Brown, the Phillies’ leader in home runs and RBIs, wasn’t in the lineup Wednesday while being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms from an unsuccessful attempt at a diving catch Tuesday night. Manager Charlie Manuel said Brown was unavailable against the Cardinals. Manuel said he knew Brown was injured after the game . . . Meanwhile, A-Rod reported back to the Yankees’ minor league complex, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment . . . After a brief stint of being healthy, Matt Kemp is heading back to the disabled list for the third time this season. The Dodgers placed Kemp on the 15-day DL with a sprained left ankle and activated lefthander Ted Lilly . . . Indians shortstop Rubiel Martinez and Yankees lefthander Anderson Severino were suspended 50 games each by MLB following positive tests under the minor league drug program. They both tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. Martinez is on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Indians, and Severino is with the Dominican Summer League Yankees. There have been 31 suspensions this year under the minor league program . . . Chicago’s City Council gave final approval to a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first massive Jumbotron.