Bristol, CT (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball will reportedly suspend
about 20 players, including former MVP's Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, for
their involvement in a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied the
players with performance-enhancing substances.
According to an ESPN "Outside the Lines" report, Tony Bosch, the founder of
the Biogenesis of America clinic, reached an agreement to cooperate with the
MLB officials investigating the matter.
Tuesday's report said the suspensions could be handed down within the next two
weeks. The names included were: Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon,
Yasmani Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny
Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautino de los
Santos and Jordan Norberto.
Rodriguez, a three-time AL MVP, has never tested positive for steroids but
admitted in a 2009 interview to using performance-enhancing drugs while a
member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.
Braun successfully appealed of a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test
following his NL MVP campaign of 2011.
After Milwaukee's win on Tuesday, Braun commented on the report.
"I've already addressed everything related to the Miami situation," Braun
said. "I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further
statements about it. The truth has not changed. I don't know the specifics of
the story that came out today, but I've already addressed it and already
commented on it and I hope you guys can respect that."
Braun previously stated he had a business relationship with Bosch but only as
a consultant during his appeal.
Cabrera, Colon and Grandal have all tested positive for steroids and were
handed 50-game suspensions within the past year.
The Biogenesis controversy began in January when the Miami New Times reported
it had obtained medical records of players who had purchased banned substances
-- namely human growth hormone -- from the clinic.
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