Yankees’ Rodriguez Was Injected by Clinic Owner Bosch, ESPN Says

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez received injections directly from Anthony Bosch, the clinic owner linked to supplying performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League Baseball players, according to ESPN.

Bosch, whose practices at the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America were detailed in a Miami New Times article published Jan. 29, paid several visits to Rodriguez’s home on Biscayne Bay in Florida to inject the 14-time All-Star, with one visit taking place within the last year, ESPN said, citing several people it didn’t identify. While other athletes interacted with Bosch through intermediaries, “Only Tony handled A-Rod,” one person said, according to ESPN.

Rodriguez, 37, said in a statement following the New Times story that he wasn’t a patient of Bosch and was never treated or advised by him. Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, said today in a telephone interview that the ESPN article wasn’t true.

“Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him,” Bosch’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a Jan. 29 statement. Inquiries to her office today for further comment were directed to the earlier statement.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon were among the major leaguers cited by the New Times as having had ties to Bosch’s clinic.

Major League Baseball said following the initial report that it is investigating the situation and declined further comment, while the Yankees said they support baseball’s efforts and won’t comment further until the investigation is completed. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman declined to comment on Rodriguez’s status or the reports in an interview today on 98.7 FM ESPN New York. An e-mail sent today to Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo wasn’t immediately returned.

Previous Doping

Rodriguez said in February 2009 that his cousin injected him with a performance-enhancing drug from the 2001 to the 2003 baseball seasons, while he was playing for the Texas Rangers. He said he stopped using the substance in 2003 and that he hadn’t taken it since. He also said he never used human growth hormone.

Rodriguez’s name appeared 16 times in records of Bosch obtained by the New Times, including on a patient list from a 2009 personal notebook of Bosch. Rodriguez paid $3,500 for several banned products including HGH, according to the newspaper’s report.

Rodriguez, whose 647 home runs rank fifth on the major-league career list, may miss the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery last month, according to Cashman. He was re-signed to a 10-year, $275 million contract after the 2007 season, a deal that included bonus payments for milestone homers leading up to Barry Bonds’s record of 762. Rodriguez is owed about $114 million on the remainder of the contract.

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