Report: A-Rod, Cabrera among players facing PED ban

Report: A-Rod, Cabrera among players facing PED ban

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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts as he walsk back towards the dugout after he pinch hit and flied out in the top of the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 8:22 AM

ESPN's "Outside The Lines" is reporting that Major League Baseball is seeking to suspend some 20 players linked to the Miami-area clinic that is the focus of a continuing performance-enhancing drug scandal. 

Two sources told "Outside The Lines" that the founder of the now-closed Biogenesis of America, Tony Bosch, reached an agreement to cooperate with Major League Baseball's probe. 
 
A report indicates New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun and Seattle Mariner Jesus Montero are among those that are under investigation. 
 
A source familiar with the case says the commissioner's office may seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and others. That is the penalty for a second doping offense. 
 
Randy Adamack, Mariners Senior Vice President, said Tuesday the team would have no formal statement, but it is aware of the report.
 
Information that Anthony Bosch provides MLB on players who came to the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic could lead to suspensions. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic.

The agreement between Bosch and MLB was first reported by ESPN.

In addition to Rodriguez, New York Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli also was linked to the clinic. Cervelli said he consulted Biogenesis for a foot injury, but didn't receive any treatment.

"We'll let MLB handle everything and we don't really have a comment," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after a 4-3 win over Cleveland.

Girardi said the Yankees were still planning on Rodriguez rejoining the team after the All-Star break. The star third baseman has been on the disabled list all season.

As for the drug cloud that has hovered over baseball for years, Girardi said: "I think we all had hoped we'd gotten through it. But obviously, we haven't."

Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells said it was too soon to draw any conclusions.

"Everything right now is speculative," Wells said. "We can all sit here and wonder."

MLB has sued Biogenesis of America and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned PEDs to players in violation of their contracts.

Miami New Times reported in January that it obtained purported records detailing drug purchases by Rodriguez, Cabrera, Cruz and former AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon.

Yahoo Sports reported that Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was mentioned in the records.

Most have denied the Biogenesis link, although Rodriguez has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career and Colon and Cabrera each were suspended for 50 games last year for testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.
 

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