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Another flare-up in PEDs, and this is a doozy

By January 30, 2013

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It's the story that never seems to go away.

The Miami New Times obtained a spreadsheet with clients of Biogenesis, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in South Florida that's accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone and testosterone.

On the list of clients is Melky Cabrera, who tested positive for elevated testosterone last year, as well as formerly tainted pros such as Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez earlier said he hadn't taken a banned substance since 2003, but his name appears 16 times in the Biogenesis records, according to the report.

The Rodriguez camp responded with a statement: "The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and [clinic head] Anthony Bosch are not true. 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."

(And if the commissioner's office gets involved with a suspension, the Yankees might figure a way out from under the albatross of Rodriguez's contract, according to an ESPN report. He'll miss at least the first half of the 2013 season after hip surgery.)

San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal (who was suspended for elevated testosterone in November) and veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon (who also tested positive and was suspended last season) were also listed as clients. There are also new names from the New Times story from players who weren't tainted by scandal, including emerging star Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (who issued a denial to the Washington Times) and Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (whose agent had no comment Tuesday).

Sure, baseball would like to put PEDs in the past tense, but this investigation came to light in part because of its testing program, which is actually looking pretty robust these days. It started with Cabrera and has led to this, with perhaps more to come.

Comments

January 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(1) Allan W. Price says:

It’s too late for the older players but I hate to see new players get caught up in the banned substances problem. Good for MLB’s strong anti-drug program ; offending players should be banned for the season minimum as well as fined heavily. Make it NOT worth their while to cheat.

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