8/6/2013 10:50 P.M. ET
Maddon, Rays comment on PED suspensions
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Rays players and manager Joe Maddon offered their opinions regarding Monday's impactful news in Major League Baseball.
MLB on Monday suspended 13 players as a result of the league's Biogenesis investigation. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez received the stiffest penalty -- a 211-game ban without pay through the end of the 2014 regular season. Rodriguez, 38, has appealed the suspension, which is to begin Thursday. His case will be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez's discipline, MLB said in its written announcement, is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the basic agreement is for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to "obstruct and frustrate" the investigation.
The other players who were handed 50-game suspensions include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and recently demoted Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin. Minor Leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos, Cesar Puello and Sergio Escalona also were suspended.
"My reaction [to the news] is probably just a lot like everybody here in this clubhouse and around the league," said Matt Moore, who is the Rays' players representative. "We've been hearing about it for so long, so to finally have guys that did break the rules paying the price and not contributing to a team in a positive way, I think is going to help out. It's just unfortunate. It's something that you really think that it would be tough for those guys to look at themselves in the mirror and face what they face every day. But somehow they find a way to do it."
Moore said the news brought some peace of mind, but he added: "At the same time I don't like turning on the TV right now. I don't like watching all this stuff. ... Right now it's not fun to watch the highlights and things like that. You're seeing a lot of the cloud that's still covering it."
Chris Archer said the "only thing I can say is, let's drop it."
"Let's move on," Archer said. "If somebody has a bad outing, you talk about it for that day. The next day is a new day. Justice has been served. Let's move on. Let's not give it life anymore. And then I think the game will continue to prosper and that won't exist anymore if we don't give it life."
Maddon noted that overall he believed everyone is pleased that action has been taken.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction," Maddon said. "I want to believe that it's going to pretty much be the beginning of the end of all this stuff. It's hard to believe that guys would want to challenge these rules. ... I do believe that the residue of this is going to be even more severe penalties, which I think is appropriate."
Moore playing catch, working toward side session
PHOENIX -- Matt Moore was placed on the disabled list with left-elbow soreness on July 31. On Tuesday, the Rays left-hander reported that he is continuing to make progress.
Moore said he had an off-day from throwing on Monday, but he threw on Tuesday.
"Today we threw about 70 feet," Moore said. "I felt like it was coming out pretty good. We probably threw just north of 40 throws maybe.
"I played catch with David [Price] and he was throwing the ball pretty firm to me. So it kind of came natural just to play catch and let it go. And we were all good. So kind of trying to not find a way to make it hurt. Just trying to keep it where it's at right now, which is progressing every day."
Moore said he will play catch again Wednesday.
"We're still going to try and take it easy," Moore said. "We'll take [Thursday's off-day] off from throwing and then we'll come back Friday and play another game of catch. And if everything goes well with that game, I'm sure Saturday or Sunday will be a day for a little side work."
Said side work could include getting on a mound to throw, which Moore said would be a big step.
"We're not going to test anything as far as getting off the mound too early if I'm not good with my game of catch," Moore said. "So we're going to make sure the next two times that I play catch that they go like they did today."
Bourgeois called up with Jennings landing on DL
PHOENIX -- Desmond Jennings was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Sunday) with a small fracture of his left middle finger. In corresponding moves, outfielder Jason Bourgeois was selected from Triple-A Durham and right-hander Alex Cobb (concussion) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.
"[Jennings'] knuckle got a little bit big and I guess it's some kind of small fracture," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't expect him to be gone too long, hopefully not too much longer than the regular 15-day DL. It's unfortunate. We're definitely going to miss him."
Bourgeois, 31, begins his sixth partial season in the Majors with his fifth team.
"Exciting, unexpected," said Bourgeois of his reaction to his promotion. "We've been playing down there well. It's been a fun year. It makes it even better now coming to a ballclub like this. ... Just want to try and do my part and have fun."
Bourgeois has had stints with the White Sox, Brewers, Astros and Royals. When asked why he signed with the Rays, he said he wanted to sign with a winning ballclub.
"I know that sometimes the more you win, those managers like guys with a little more experience," Bourgeois said. "So I tried to go for that. You just never know though. You just hope you find yourself in a good situation. I knew the atmosphere was great. Carl Crawford told me all good things about this place, he kind of pushed me toward here. So it was great."
Crawford and Bourgeois are childhood friends. Bourgeois was hitting .291 with two home runs, 57 RBIs and 21 stolen bases at Durham.
In Jennings' absence, Maddon said he would have a "revolving door" in the leadoff spot and center field will be "wide open" as well, with a lot of players filling in both spots.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.