Gammons: I've heard the rumors of Cano and PED use


Gammons: I've heard the rumors of Cano and PED use

Unconfirmed rumors began flying on Twitter Thursday that the Yankees' Robinson Cano is about to be suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and Peter Gammons admits the reports aren't surprising to him.

"I heard something . . . about three weeks ago," the veteran baseball reporter and analyst said Thursday on 'Felger & Mazz' on WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub). "And, like a lot of things, I've . . . never gotten any confirmation."

Nor does he necessarily believe them.

"I'm not sold on the Cano thing yet," Gammons said. "Especially since most of the time, the Scott Boras clients are very careful . . . "

However, he's not ready to dismiss them completely.

"Now, people are very careful about letting any information out . . . But these things do circulate. The one that did turn out to be true -- but, again, I could never get confirmation even though I was told by about six sources for five weeks -- was Melky Cabrera (of the Giants, who was suspended for PED use last month)."

And it it were true, and the Yankees lost the services of Cano for the postseason?

"It would certainly be an incredible bombshell," Gammons said. "I mean, if you get one of the handful -- three, four -- best players in the league, a guy who's going to be in the top three in MVP voting, and he ends up testing positive and misses the postseason, it would be an unbelievable story. Really."

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.