Cruz: 'A big shock' name linked to Fla. clinic, PEDs

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Nelson Cruz has reported to spring training in Surprise, Arizona, and he comes with extra baggage this year.

Cruz is one of the baseball players named in a report claiming they bought banned substances from a clinic in Miami.

"It was big shock," Cruz said when asked about his reaction to when that report came out. "Really depressing, you know?"

Through his lawyers, Cruz has denied involvement. He met with the media Friday for the first time since the report came out, but couldn't say much, even though he is thinking about it a lot.

"Like I said, it's right there -- everybody's talking about it," Cruz said. "Everywhere I go, people ask me about it. It's there.

"I want to be honest, but this matter is under investigation by MLB, I cannot make any comments about it at this time," Cruz continued. "But soon as this done I will. I will tell everything I know."

In typical Texas Rangers fashion, they didn't duck this issue -- they made Cruz available to questions from the media the first chance they got. Unfortunately, there just aren't any answers yet.

Cruz's lawyers told him not to talk about it, and Major League Baseball hasn't even talked to Cruz yet.

Worst case scenario, Cruz is facing a 50-game suspension. And that possibility will hang over this team until the MLB investigation is over.

"I don't think he likes having to kind of 'no comment' it," said Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think he would like to be able to address it a little bit more, but I understand why he can't."

"Distractions is a part of the game of baseball," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "So as I said, we pretty good at funneling our focus where it's supposed to be."

When asked how badly Cruz wants to tell the truth, he responded, "Really bad."

Especially if the truth sets him free.

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