The slow and steady leak of names tied to a Miami-area clinic associated with performance-enhancing drugs finally has hit home.
According to a report Wednesday night by Sports Illustrated, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta's name appears in files maintained by Tony Bosch, who ran the Biogenesis wellness clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.
SI's Tom Verducci reports Peralta's name isn't linked directly to PED use in records, and Peralta's attorney issued a strong statement in response to the story, saying the major league veteran never has used steroids and "anybody who says otherwise is lying."
The Tigers also issued their own statement, saying they "fully support Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We are aware of this report, however since this matter is currently part of an investigation by Major League Baseball, the Club is not at liberty to comment."
At least a dozen players' names now have come out since the Miami New Times originally broke the story about the now-closed clinic's ties to the sport, among them stars Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez. Ryan Braun's name also surfaced recently, but, like Peralta's, wasn't tied to any specific substance.
Braun admitted a relationship with Bosch, but only as a consultant while working to overturn a failed drug test in 2011. Braun's appeal was successful.
Tigers minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, a Miami alum — the school appears to have deep ties to Bosch — also has been named.
It's believed MLB can suspend players it finds to have used PEDs, even if there's no failed drug test.
Peralta, 30, is a career .264 hitter in 10 major league seasons, the last two-plus with the Tigers. He has 145 home runs, never more than 24 in one season.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130206/SPORTS0104/302060469#ixzz2KDLrkzyt
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