Major League Baseball investigators believe Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records from a Florida anti-aging clinic suspected of providing performance-enhancing substances to athletes, the New York Times reported.
The New York Yankees third baseman bought documents from Biogenesis of America LLC so they could be destroyed, the newspaper reported yesterday, citing two unidentified people briefed on the matter. Biogenesis is being sued by the league for allegedly helping players obtain banned drugs and damaging the sport’s reputation.
The news came one day after the newspaper reported that MLB investigators had purchased documents from a former employee of the clinic. That report mentioned an unidentified player had also purchased medical documents.
Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, said in a telephone interview that Rodriguez “flatly denied” the report. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said in an e-mail that “we do not comment on ongoing investigations.”
Baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis says the now-shuttered clinic induced players to violate contractual obligations. No current players are named as defendants in the suit.
The Miami New Times in January reported that it had obtained medical records from Biogenesis that linked banned substances to current players including Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, and Cruz denied the allegations.
Rodriguez has not played this season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.
-- Editor: Rob Gloster