Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/17/14
If Tigers manager Jim Leyland is disappointed or angry that Jhonny Peralta has accepted a 50-game suspension due to his connection to the Biogenesis clinic, he's not saying. But some of Peralta's teammates were talking. On Monday, Peralta released a statement saying, "I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension." Reporters in Cleveland were told before entering Leyland's office that he would not be discussing Peralta. As soon as someone brought up Peralta's name, Leyland ended his pre-game media session, not even 90 seconds after it started. However, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski did address the issue with the media. "It's very mixed emotions," Dombrowski said. I've had a chance to talk to Jhonny and his representatives. Jhonny has done a lot of good things for our organization. He's a very good person who has conducted himself well. He broke the rules. He has to pay a price for that. We support that, totally. "Our organization is going to move on. We have tried to protect ourselves with the acquisition of (Jose) Iglesias. We still have a chance to win the world championship." Last week when the Tigers made the trade for Iglesias, Leyland said, without direct reference to the Peralta situation, "I think it's probably a pretty smart deal." Dombrowski was asked several times whether the team would bring Peralta back when his suspension is up. "That's not something we're going to tackle at this point," Dombrowski said. "We don't have to make that decision. That's way down the road." Peralta would be eligible to return for the final series of the regular season, three games in Miami. Starter Max Scherzer, who was highly critical of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun when Braun was suspended, had told reporters last week that he would not comment on Peralta unless Peralta got suspended. Now that Peralta is suspended, Scherzer did speak to reporters in Cleveland about the entire issue. "It's pretty apparent how I feel towards cheaters," Scherzer told the Detroit Free Press. "With Jhonny, it's disappointing, it really is." Fellow starter Justin Verlander also discussed the situation with reporters in Cleveland. "I know for myself, personally, I want a clean game," Verlander said. "I want an even playing field all around baseball, and I think a majority of the guys feel that way. I think that's the cleanest and fairest way to play this game, and that's the way this game was meant to be played." As for Peralta, Verlander said, "Everybody makes mistakes. He's my brother. We fight and bleed and sweat together on the baseball field. If my brother makes a mistake, and especially if he owns up to it and serves the time, I don't see how you can hold a grudge." Torii Hunter also talked to the media in Cleveland. "I hate that he chose that," Hunter told MLive.com. "But he's being punished for it. He's going to serve his 50 games. I'm pretty sure he won't do it again. If you know Jhonny, and a lot of people don't know Jhonny, but if you know Jhonny, awesome guy. Awesome guy. He just made a mistake. Now he's going to pay for it."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL: Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected

Report: Okla. St. players fell asleep in drive-thru, arrested

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Floyd Mayweather posts photo evidence of a lost bet

WATCH: Paul George takes court for first time since leg injury

Five most surprising NFL players through seven weeks

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.