A-Rod denies report linking him to clinic supplying PEDs

2:34 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez has been once again linked to performance-enhancing drugs.

According to the Miami New Times, Rodriguez's name was found in the records of a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied the New York Yankees third baseman and other big league players with performance-enhancing substances.

The New Times based its report on records given to the publication from an employee at Biogenesis, a clinic run by Anthony Bosch, who was previously connected with Manny Ramirez when the slugger was suspended by Major League Baseball for violating its drug policy in 2009.

Rodriguez, though, has denied having a relationship with Bosch.

"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true," the statement released through a PR firm said. "Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. 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."

Rodriguez, in the spring of 2009, admitted to using PEDs while a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He said he had never taken the drugs while with the Yankees, but the records from Biogenesis appear to indicate Rodriguez's name appearing 16 times in Bosch's handwritten notebooks from 2009-12.

According to the New Times, Bosch wrote in a notebook with Rodriguez's name and labeled 2012, "He is paid through April 30th. He will owe May 1 $4,000... I need to see him between April 13-19, deliver troches, pink cream, and... May meds. Has three weeks of Sub-Q (as of April)."

The "troches," according to Bosch's notes, are a type of drug lozenge that includes 15 percent testosterone. The notes also say "pink cream" is a formula that includes testosterone and the "Sub-Q" is a mixture of HGH and other drugs.

Other major leaguers named in Bosch's notebooks were Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal -- all of whom have been suspended by Major League Baseball for PED use in the past year.

Major League Baseball issued a statement Tuesday in response to the New Times report.

"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances," the statement read. "These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.

"We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete."

Rodriguez is expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break after undergoing hip surgery earlier this month.

The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that Florida authorities and the Drug Enforcement Agency have begun an investigation into Bosch.

It could lead to another BALCO-style scandal. BALCO was the drug laboratory in California linked to alleged steroid use by baseball stars Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi.

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