DETROIT -- Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Jhonny Peralta is the team's shortstop until someone rules otherwise. Major League Baseball may be making that ruling soon.
According to the Associated Press, Major League Baseball is prepared to announce that multiple players will be disciplined from their Biogenesis investigation no later than Monday. Reports say Peralta, among others, is facing a 50-game suspension without appeal, or risking a longer suspension if he appealed to an arbitrator for his connection to the now-closed Florida clinic.
"I don't have a comment yet about that," Peralta said on Wednesday. "I try to see what's better for everybody and see what can happen."
Peralta told MLB.com that there was nothing new to say on Friday, and he batted sixth and played shortstop against the White Sox in the series opener.
While Peralta's teammates say the wait for a possible suspension hasn't affected them one way or another, they have been concerned about the stream of leaks in the media in regards to MLB's investigation.
"You just don't know what's true and what's not, because they shouldn't even happen," Max Scherzer said, a union player's representative. "There are people that have access to that information that are acting inappropriately -- in violation of the [Collective Bargaining Agreement]."
The Tigers traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias on Tuesday, who will be a utility player in the infield with Peralta on the roster. Second baseman Hernan Perez was optioned to Double-A Erie prior to Friday's game.
Despite being optioned, Perez took grounders and participated in pregame batting practice. By rule, he will have 72 hours to report to Erie. With a potential suspension looming, he may stay around the club until Monday.
For roster purposes, a suspended player under MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is treated like a player on the disabled list. If a player is optioned to the Minors, he doesn't have to sit in the Minors for 10 days before being recalled if he's replacing a suspended player.
"It's difficult to wait and everything like that," Peralta said on Wednesday. "Nobody wants to wait to see what'll happen. But whatever happens right now, I need to see what can happen and try to move on."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.