PED list names Alex Rodriguez and others as Miami clinic customers - report

alex-rodriguez-on-ped-list-from-miami-clinic-gi.jpgFollowing a three-month investigation, the Miami New Times has released a list of people they say received performance enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic in Miami, Fla. The list includes several Major League Baseball players. The biggest name on the list is New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

The newspaper was given records by a former employee of the clinic, Biogenesis, which closed in December. The records show the clinic sold PEDs, including human growth hormone, testosterone, and anabolic steroids.

The head of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, has been connected to drugs in baseball before. When Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the drug policy in 2009, he was linked to Bosch and his father, though neither were charged.

Rodriguez has already brought on a lawyer and released a statement claiming the report is false and any records showing he was a patient of Bosch aren't legitimate. The newspaper contends that A-Rod is logged three different ways in the records, as "Alex Rodriguez," "Alex Rod," and "Cacique," a nickname. He appears 16 times, total. Also listed in the records is Yuri Sucart, a cousin of A-Rod's. Sucart's name frequently appears on the same days as Rodriguez's. A-Rod admits to taking PEDs in the past, but says he stopped using them in 2003.

A-Rod isn't the only pro baseball player in the records, though. Washington Nationals' pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants, Bortolo Colón of the Oakland A's, and Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz are also listed. Also listed are professional tennis player Wayne Odesnik, and Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Like Rodriguez, Gonzalez has also denied his involvement with Bosch and the clinic.

MLB released a statement Tuesday, citing their disappointment in learning of the potential findings. According to the statement, "We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase, and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game."

They say there will be no further comments, as their investigation is ongoing.
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