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Peralta, Cabrera both in lineups

Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera both were in their teams' respective lineups Wednesday afternoon amid widespread speculation that they would each receive suspensions for their roles in the Biogenesis case.

Peralta, the Detroit Tigers' All-Star shortstop, insisted he didn't not know whether Major League Baseball planned to suspend him.

"I don't hear nothing yet," Peralta said Wednesday morning before playing against the Washington Nationals.

Cabrera, an All-Star shortstop for the San Diego Padres, wouldn't say whether MLB planned to suspend him.

"Just wait for the news," said Cabrera, who was in San Diego's lineup as the leadoff hitter against the Cincinnati Reds.

Detroit is off Thursday, and discipline is expected to be announced Friday.

If Peralta is suspended 50 games for first offense under baseball's drug program, he would lose $1,639,344 of his $6 million salary.

Barring rescheduled games, Peralta would not be eligible to play until Sept. 24, leaving him with just five games of the regular season. He would be eligible Sept. 14 for an injury rehab assignment -- if any of Detroit's minor league teams remain in their playoffs.

If Cabrera is suspended 50 games for first offense, he would lose $348,361 of his $1,275,000 salary. Barring rescheduled games, he would not be able to play until Sept. 27, meaning he could be back for the final three-game series at San Francisco.

Peralta declined to say if he would appeal a suspension, but acknowledged he would disheartened if he is forced to miss nearly one-third of the season.

"It's going to be disappointing, but there's nothing that I can do," he said.

The AL Central-leading Tigers are trying to finish first in three straight seasons for the first time since 1907-09. They haven't won the World Series since 1984.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team protected itself against a suspension by acquiring slick-fielding infielder Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade Tuesday night.

"If it were a 15-day thing, like a typical injury, I think we could have comfortably dealt with it with the players we already have," Dombrowski said. "But when you start to talk about 50 days and a possible playoff run, we feel better going ahead with Jose."

Even though there has been speculation for months that Peralta will be suspended, the 31-year-old native of Dominican Republic said he has attempted to not pay attention.

"I try to play baseball every day and try to come in ready to play every day and don't try to worry," he said.

MLB has told the union which players it intends to suspend, and the sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

Baseball hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized. Under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement, suspensions for violations not caused by a positive test are effective on the third business day after the discipline is issued -- another sign pointing to a Friday announcement.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.