(SportsData) – Major League Baseball is investigating a Tuesday report in the Miami New Times that links at least seven major leaguers to performance-enhancing substances via a recently closed anti-aging clinic in Miami.
Names reportedly connected with Anthony Bosch, the former owner of Biogenesis of America in Coral Gables, Fla., are Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal and Cesar Carrillo. Bosch’s handwritten notes list the players’ names and the substances they received, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
The New York Daily News, meanwhile, has reported that as many as 20 players could be involved.
“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances,” MLB said via a statement. “These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our department of investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.
“It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved already have been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program. … We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”
Cabrera, Colon and Grandal tested positive for PEDs last year and were suspended, while Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used PEDs while playing for Texas from 2001-03 but has insisted he hasn’t used them since.
Rodriguez and Gonzalez issued statements Tuesday denying a connection to the allegations.
“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true,” the statement read. “Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”
“I’ve never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will,” Gonzalez tweeted. “I’ve never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.”
MLB announced last month expanded testing that will include in-season blood tests for human growth hormone and the establishment of baseline testosterone readings for all players that will make it easier to spot irregularities.
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