Nelson Cruz wants to cooperate
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said Friday he has not spoken with MLB investigators but wants to cooperate fully as baseball probes the findings of the Miami New Times, which linked Cruz and a handful of other players to a clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs.
Cruz said he wants to tell the truth "really bad" but can't at this time.
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"I want to be honest, but because this matter is under investigation by Major League Baseball, I cannot make any comments about it at this time," Cruz said to a group of reporters, making his first remarks since the report surfaced. "When it's done, I will address you and tell everything I know."
Cruz, 32, said he was told about the report by his agent one day before it was released.
"I was really shocked," Cruz said when he was told. "I was really depressed. It can really hurt you."
Cruz was asked if he was worried about where the investigation might lead.
"I don't worry at all," he said. "I know it's going to come good, so hopefully everything is done right and quickly as possible."
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he doesn't know when MLB might complete its investigation, and for now, the club will go forward as though Cruz is in right field to start the season. A first-time PED offense comes with a 50-game suspension.
Daniels spoke with Cruz before he addressed the media and wanted to get a sense of "where his head was" and that the club would support him through the process.
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"The reality is there's not much anyone can say or do right now," Daniels said. "It's an open investigation at this point, and we're kind of in wait-and-see mode."
Daniels said Cruz isn't worried about it being a distraction to the team this spring.
"We've been through a lot and we've dealt with some different things over the years," said Daniels, whose club had to address manager Ron Washington's failed drug test in 2010 and Josh Hamilton's session with the media following his relapse with alcohol in 2012. "You don't ever want to deal with these things, but they do come up. It's a reality of the game, society and the industry. We just have to let it play out."
Cruz, for his part, plans on going through spring training as he normally would so he's prepared for the season.
"I'm going to go out there and try to play my game," Cruz said. "There's always going to be comments and stuff like that, but I've got to be myself."
Cruz also reiterated that he still plans on playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.