"It's good for the game that they're finally getting him on something," Wilson, the
Wilson, who will pitch next week in
"Let's just play baseball and stop trying to be a role model," Wilson said. "All those quotes are hilarious for everybody in our clubhouse. It's a saga for Alex. Always has been. He has one of those polarizing personalities. People will think he's a villain no matter what he does."
Wilson is also a former teammate of Rangers right fielder
"We need the greed to stop," Wilson said. "I've accepted the fact I'm not a $300-million player. I'm dealing with regular-guy stuff and trying to compete, and that's the way it is for the rest of the guys in this dugout. You're dealt a certain hand and you have to play that. Stop being a baby and move on."
The Angels shed no tears for Cruz, the All-Star who has a .292 average, 25 homers and 69 runs batted in in 106 career games against the Angels, including a solo homer in a 2-1 win in Texas last Wednesday.
"He's done some damage against us," reliever
Cruz is batting .269 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs, and his loss will damage the Rangers' playoff hopes. The slugger said his PED use was "an error in judgment that I deeply regret and take full responsibility for. I should have handled the situation differently. My illness was no excuse."
Asked about Cruz's statement, Jepsen smiled and shook his head.
"I'm sure he went through what he said," Jepsen said. "I've had three surgeries, and I'm sure PEDs would have helped me get back a lot quicker, but I never felt the urge to take anything."
Said first baseman