Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees said he’s keeping an eye on a Major League Baseball investigation into whether a Miami-area clinic gave him and about 20 other players performance-enhancing drugs. He didn’t offer any details.
ESPN reported two days ago that MLB may seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez and other players who may have received performance-enhancing drugs from Tony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic.
Biogenesis is being sued by MLB for allegedly helping players obtain banned drugs and damaging the sport’s reputation. The office of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig declined to comment on the ESPN report due to the active investigation. Rodriguez also said it’s too early to comment specifically.
“Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded,” Rodriguez said in a statement today. “I would hope this thing would follow the guidelines of our basic agreement. I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate.”
Michael Weiner, executive director of the MLB Players Association, said yesterday that the union has been assured by the commissioner’s office that no decisions on player discipline will be made until all interviews have been completed.
“It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations,” Weiner said in a statement.
The Miami New Times reported in January that it had obtained medical records from Biogenesis linking banned substances to Rodriguez and other players. Rodriguez, a three-time American League MVP, said at the time that he wasn’t a patient of Bosch and was never treated or advised by him. Rodriguez acknowledged in February 2009 that he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003 when he was with the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez, 37, is owed $114 million over five seasons as part of a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees, the richest in U.S. team sports.
ESPN reported two days ago that MLB may seek 100-game suspensions, the penalty for a second doping offense, because the players’ connection to Bosch is one offense and previous statements to league officials denying any such connection or the use of banned substances would be a second offense.
Rodriguez, fifth on the major league career list with 647 home runs, hasn’t played this season following hip surgery and said rehabilitation remains his main focus. He has been working out at the team’s training complex in Tampa, Florida
“As I have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship,” Rodriguez said. “I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I’m back playing.”