The ever-expanding web of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which is being investigated by Major League Baseball for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and others, has ensnared another Yankee.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli was identified as a client of Biogenesis, according to records obtained by Yahoo Sports and reported on Tuesday. Also found in the records was Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, who successfully appealed a positive test for synthetic testosterone last offseason, and Baltimore infielder Danny Valencia.
In a statement on his Twitter account late Tuesday, Cervelli denied buying banned substances from Biogenesis. “Following my foot injury in March 2011,” he wrote, “I consulted with a number of experts, including Biogenesis Clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery. I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball.”
MLB officials have reportedly traveled to Florida to meet with editors from the Miami New Times, the weekly newspaper that broke the news of Rodriguez’s latest alleged dalliance with steroids. League officials are seeking copies of the documents used by the newspaper, including the handwritten notes of Anthony Bosch, the 49-year-old nutritionist who ran the clinic.
The Yankees have declined to discuss the situation until MLB completes its investigation. Cervelli’s representatives could not be reached for comment on Tuesday evening.
Unlike the original six players identified by the New Times, the names of Cervelli, Braun and Valencia were not listed specifically as purchasers of performance-enhancing drugs in the records obtained by Yahoo. Even so, MLB officials could still seek suspensions for the trio if further evidence can be discovered tying them to PED use. A first-time offense results in a 50-game suspension.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli named in Biogenesis records, report says
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