The New York Times reported that Alex Rodriguez bought medical records from a Florida anti-aging clinic with the purpose of destroying evidence.
Major League Baseball purchased records from a former employee of the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogeneis after learning of a player who bought the medical records with the purpose of destroying the evidence, a source confirmed to Newsday on Friday.
The New York Times reported Friday that the player was Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had a representative purchase the medical records. Rodriguez’s name already had appeared on lists of the now-closed clinic for allegedly buying and using performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez, who is rehabilitating from hip surgery, has denied any involvement with Biogenesis. Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, “flatly denied” The New York Times report.
ESPN reported that MLB investigators believe the Rodriguez information to be true, but that they have no physical evidence connecting Rodriguez to the payments.
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The Times reported Thursday that MLB had taken the unusual step of purchasing the medical records itself from a former Biogenesis employee.
The Miami New Times, the newspaper that first tied as many as six major-leaguers to the clinic, refused to turn over its documents to MLB officials, who then bought the records.
Other players whose names appeared on the clinic’s medical lists included Ryan Braun of the Brewers, Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays, Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Yasmani Grandal of the Padres.
Greinke needs surgery, will miss eight weeks
SAN DIEGO — Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke will need surgery to repair his broken left collarbone. The team says he is expected to return in eight weeks.
Greinke was hurt in a melee Thursday night when San Diego’s Carlos Quentin charged the mound after he was hit on the arm by a pitch.
Quentin was suspended for eight games and Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was suspended for one by MLB for their part in the brawl.
Greinke’s surgery is scheduled Saturday.
Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, signed a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.
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