Report: MLB to Suspend 20 Players In PED Scandal; 100 Games Possible for A-Rod, Braun
NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — The founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
The person declined to be identified because the investigation was still ongoing.
Information that Anthony Bosch provides MLB on players who came to the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic could lead to suspensions. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic.
The agreement between Bosch and MLB was first reported by ESPN.
With Bosch’s cooperation, MLB will be suspending Rodriguez, Braun and about 20 other players, possibly within the next few weeks according to ESPN. Rodriguez and others could face up to a 100-game suspension for a second doping-related incident.
Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals is not expected to be among those suspended.
In addition to Rodriguez, New York Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli also was linked to the clinic. Cervelli said he consulted Biogenesis for a foot injury, but didn’t receive any treatment.
“We’ll let MLB handle everything and we don’t really have a comment,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after a 4-3 win over Cleveland.
Girardi said the Yankees were still planning on Rodriguez rejoining the team after the All-Star break. The star third baseman has been on the disabled list all season.
As for the drug cloud that has hovered over baseball for years, Girardi said: “I think we all had hoped we’d gotten through it. But obviously, we haven’t.”
Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells said it was too soon to draw any conclusions.
“Everything right now is speculative,” Wells said. “We can all sit here and wonder.”
MLB has sued Biogenesis of America and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned PEDs to players in violation of their contracts.
Miami New Times reported in January that it obtained purported records detailing drug purchases by Rodriguez, Cabrera, Cruz and former AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon.
Yahoo Sports reported that Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was mentioned in the records.
Most have denied the Biogenesis link, although Rodriguez has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career and Colon and Cabrera each were suspended for 50 games last year for testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.
Braun failed a drug test in 2011, but his suspension was overturned by an arbitrator. He has acknowledged that he was mentioned in Biogenesis records because his lawyers had used Bosch as consultant during the appeal.
After the Brewers’ 4-3 win in 10 innings over Oakland at Miller Park, Braun said he was done talking about the clinic.
“I’ve already addressed everything related to the Miami situation. I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further statements about it,” he said.
“The truth has not changed,” he said.
Braun said the speculation was not affecting him on the field.
“No, of course not. I’ve dealt with this for two years now. I’m pretty good at avoiding distractions,” he said.
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