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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Updated: July 11, 12:35 PM ET
Rangers ready if Cruz suspended

By Jeff Seidel
Special to

BALTIMORE -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the organization knows what it will do when the situation with Nelson Cruz gets resolved. But right now, Washington said, the Rangers are just focusing on each game.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" recently aired a report saying Cruz is one of approximately 20 players Major League Baseball might suspend as a result of its ongoing investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs and the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.

Washington said whatever happens, the Rangers will be prepared.

"I know how I'm going to deal with it," Washington said before Wednesday's game with the Orioles. "We know how we're going to deal with it. Once the decision is made, he and his people have a decision to make."

Washington said that despite the situation, he sees no reason the right fielder won't be able to enjoy his second selection to the All-Star Game.

"No sense in him thinking about what may happen because if he's at the All-Star Game, it certainly hasn't happened yet," Washington said. "That's not going away. However, he's dealing with it. I think he's doing a damn good job of it."

Earlier this week, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said in a radio interview that he wasn't worrying about losing Cruz to a long suspension.

Washington is taking the same view. He said his main concern was the Orioles and starter Wei-Yin Chen.

"There's always stuff for me to worry about; I'm a manager," Washington said. "[But] not regarding that."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to