An anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., has been cited in a published report as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to a half-dozen baseball players, including the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
An anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., that had been under the scrutiny of Major League Baseball for several months has been cited in a published report as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to a half-dozen players, including the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.
Miami New Times, in a report released Tuesday, said an unidentified former employee of the clinic, Biogenesis of America, which has been closed, had provided it with medical records from the facility that tie Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The newspaper accompanied the online article with copies of what it said were handwritten notations from the clinic that list various drugs allegedly distributed to its clients.
Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were suspended in the past year by baseball for positive drug tests. Gonzalez and Cruz have not previously been linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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Former Mariner Rodriguez, who is recovering from hip surgery, has admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.
In a statement several hours after the report emerged, Rodriguez denied he had any relationship with the director of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, or that he was treated by him.
The statement, issued through a public-relations firm, said: “The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not 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.”
Bosch also issued a statement of denial, saying the article was “filled with inaccuracies, innuendos and misstatements in fact.”
Yankees officials said they support baseball’s drug program.
Rodriguez, 37, has five years and $114 million remaining on his contract.
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