Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/16/13
Major League Baseball laid the hammer down on Cesar Carrillo on Friday, suspending the Tigers minor leaguer 100 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug prevention and treatment program. The punishment was apparently so severe because of Carrillo’s link to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to a number of other players. The league might not be done, though. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reports that Major League Baseball is “actively going after” any players connected to the clinic. Some of the players linked to the clinic run by Anthony Bosch are Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Jhonny Peralta, Yasmani Grandal, Francisco Cervelli, Bartolo Colon, Jesus Montero and Danny Valencia. Quinn said on Twitter that Braun and Rodriguez are “strongly in their sights,” although suspending the two high-profile stars would prove to be a much more difficult task, especially considering the well-financed defense each player could provide. Nevertheless, it appears that while Carrillo is the first player to be hit hard for his connection to the clinic, the league is trying to ensure he’s not the last. Sources tell @OTLonESPN Carrillo hit w two offenses: 50 games for being on Biogenesis documents, 50 for lying to MLB about knowing Bosch.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 16, 2013 Carrillo, a minor leaguer, not protected by union, so MLB came down hard. Put strong pressure on him to cooperate, but he didn't.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 16, 2013 MLB is actively going after any players connected to Biogenesis clinic. Carrillo is only the first. A-Rod and Braun strongly in their sights— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 16, 2013 Getting A-Rod and Braun will be tougher. Any attempt to suspend will be met w well-financed defense in arbitration & Braun is already 1-0.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 16, 2013 Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here.

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