Valencia, who was called up to provide a right-handed DH for Sunday's game, will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk today in an unrelated move in order for the Orioles to activate second baseman Brian Roberts from the paternity list. He was not available for comment.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said he's tried to not think about the looming suspensions.
"Those guys made the decision for whatever reason, and now they have to live with the consequences," Davis said. "We have too much at stake here, too much to focus on for me to dive into that. I think that's one of the biggest things for me being successful the last couple years, is kind of getting away from the game once I leave the field and really focusing on small things that I can control. I can't control what those guys have done. All I can control is what's in front of us. We got a lot of work left to do."
Davis, whose breakout season has provoked unsubstantiated accusations of PED use, has repeatedly denied he's ever used them. But he said he understands why other players might not feel comfortable speaking out.
"It's not an easy subject to talk about," Davis said. "It's a black eye in baseball, and for me, I never thought that would ever come up. It's something, it never crossed my mind and the fact that it has, and the fact I've been so open, is good for not only for me, for the team. Kind of get the cat out of the bag, so to speak. You can't control what people say. People don't like you because you wear an Orioles uniform and they're a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan. It's out of our control."
Showalter said Monday's suspensions make a statement that the game is taking additional measures to rid the game of PEDs by conducting independent investigations instead of just drug testing.
"They're not going to just say that if you pass a urine test, you're OK," Showalter said. "I think that's something that's kind of sending a message. There's a lot more than a urine test going. I think MLB has always been serious, but now I think there are things in place where there is full support from all parties. It's more than just urine analysis."