ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday afternoon that he isn't worried about losing right fielder Nelson Cruz any time soon to a lengthy suspension due to his involvement in Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic.
Ryan made his comments during his weekly segment on "Galloway & Company" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Ryan, friends with MLB commissioner Bud Selig, was asked if he had reached out to Selig.
Ryan said, based on his talks with MLB, the investigation is going to be a "long, drawn-out affair." Cruz, who could face a 50-game suspension, said last week that he hasn't talked to MLB investigators yet.
"I don't know that there's a time frame that they're dealing with," Ryan said. "I know that they're in a fact-finding mode right now, so we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out. But do I worry about losing Nellie here shortly? No, I don't. I really think he'll be with us and we'll just have to see where that goes."
Cruz's name has been mentioned in ESPN's "Outside the Lines" report as one of about 20 players that MLB will seek to suspend for their involvement in the ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal.
"I have conversations with MLB periodically, and I ask them how things are going. But you know with ongoing investigations, their position is that they can't talk about them," Ryan said.
Cruz, known for his streaky bat, has become a key cog in the Rangers' lineup, where he has been moved to the No. 3 spot in the batting order by manager Ron Washington. Cruz has responded with clutch hits and home runs. He has 19 home runs and 55 RBIs on the season, leading the Rangers in both categories.
Cruz has been advised by his lawyers not to comment on the situation. He says a meeting with MLB investigators hasn't happened yet, but he plans to address it with the media after it does.
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are going to operate under the assumption that Cruz is going to be their right fielder for the foreseeable future and is not looking to acquire a right fielder via trade.
Ryan said on Monday that the investigation has too many moving parts to be completed quickly.
"We realize that the players' association has to be brought in and any other investigations and then they're going to have to do interviews with the players they suspect, so I think it's going to be a long drawn-out affair," Ryan said. "I don't really expect, as had been rumored from ESPN, that they might do something right after the All-Star break."
Todd Wills is a contributor to ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com contributor Mike Mazzeo was also used in this report.