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In this July 28, 2013 file photo, San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera strikes out looking in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on in Phoenix. In this July 28, 2013 file photo, San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera strikes out looking in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on in Phoenix.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera wouldn't say whether Major League Baseball plans to suspend him for his role in the Biogenesis case.

"I can't talk about nothing right now. Just wait for the news," Cabrera said Wednesday morning before playing against the Cincinnati Reds. Cabrera was in San Diego's starting lineup, batting leadoff.

It could be his last game until the season's final weekend.

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

If Cabrera is suspended 50 games for first offense under baseball's drug program, 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.

A switch-hitter, Cabrera is among the top base stealers in the big leagues. Going into Wednesday's games, he led the NL with 37 steals. Last year, he topped the NL with 44 stolen bags.

Cabrera said during spring training that he was "a little surprised" and "disappointed" that his name reportedly was listed in the record of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which has been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Cabrera otherwise has declined specific comment, and he did not say whether he had taken, purchased or received performance-enhancing drugs.

He said at the time that he would fully cooperate with MLB.

Manager Bud Black, who has a strong relationship with Cabrera, didn't sound overly concerned then.

"We're satisfied by what we heard," Black said at the time. "We believe this will resolve itself in a positive way."

Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was suspended the first 50 games this season following a positive testosterone test last year.

Grandal returned on May 29, but sustained a season-ending knee injury on July 6. He won't receive additional discipline for that violation, two people familiar with talks between MLB and the union told The Associated Press, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said he was "aware but probably not much more than you guys are" about a pending suspension for Cabrera. "To the extent that this has happened to us once before, and from what I understand with Milwaukee recently, we don't get a whole lot of advance notice. We will react accordingly if we do get a phone call."

Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player to reach an agreement with MLB. The 2011 NL MVP accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension last week. Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but a 50-game suspension was overturned the following February by an arbitrator who ruled Braun's urine sample was handled improperly.

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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