Orioles react to Biogenesis rulings


Tuesday's Orioles-Padres game ended too late to be included in this edition.


SAN DIEGO - There were no Baltimore Orioles suspended for their part in the Biogenesis scandal, and a day after the sanctions were handed out, a few players agreed to talk about the matter.

J.J. Hardy was supportive of the suspensions.


"I think it's a step that needed to be taken," Hardy said. "I think everyone in here wants this game to be clean and hopefully this is a big step to get it that way."

He was aware that his teammate, Nick Markakis, recommended a five-year suspension for first-time users. He was supportive of harsher treatment for repeat cheaters.

"If there was any way to prove that yeah, they knew they were cheating, they were just trying to get away with it, yeah, for life," Hardy said. "It's a consequence that I think if you think about it, it's not worth the consequences. People say the risk for reward, you know, it's not worth it. If there was some way to prove, yeah we knew we were cheating, then yeah, I would say for life."

Brian Roberts also thinks the union's position is a wise one.

"I think that we all know that everybody wants all of this kind of put behind us and cleaned up but at the same time, you understand that in every sport and every profession it's not just sports, there's always going to be some problem," Roberts said.

"It's unfortunate that that's the way our society works and this world works, but I think you do the best you can to get everything cleaned up as well as you can. I think that's what we're constantly as a union and as major league baseball are trying to do. I think that that's the direction we're heading."


Roberts was officially activated from the paternity list on Tuesday afternoon. Danny Valencia was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

His wife, Diana, gave birth to a baby boy, Jax Isaac, on Friday night.

After missing so much time over the past four seasons because of a variety of injuries, Roberts was happy to have an opportunity to take leave because of something positive.

"Obviously, I know I have a job to do, but it's the one time that I wasn't afraid to say I wasn't going to be there," Roberts said.

"Our organization and Buck and everybody was great. They said your family comes first, you only experience this once so be there and enjoy it, make sure everything's good before you're ready to go again,"


Manager Buck Showalter has encouraged Orioles players to take the needed time when their wife is expecting a child.

"He still doesn't like missing games," Showalter said.

While Roberts is far from home, his wife has lots of support from relatives in Baltimore.

"I've waited a long time for this. It's one of those experiences that is hard to put into words. It's hard to comprehend until it happens to you, so it's been a pretty cool couple of days," Roberts said.


Wilson Betemit, who has yet to play this season because of a severely sprained right knee he suffered during the last week of spring training, was 2-for-3 with a walk in his first rehab game at Gulf Coast.

Showalter reported that Betemit doubled over the centerfielder's head, but also heard he was "running a bit gingerly."

There is no timetable for Betemit's return, though if he sticks to the 20-day rehab assignment, he could be reactivated before Sept. 1.


Scott Feldman wasn't listed among the starters for any of the Orioles games this week though Showalter indicated he'd probably pitch in Arizona next week. Feldman will be in the bullpen for Tuesday and Wednesday's games.

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