Steinbrenner Voices Concern Over Rodriguez Drug Report, AP SaysEben Novy-Williams
New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said he is concerned about reports that third baseman Alex Rodriguez used banned drugs as recently as last season, according to the Associated Press.
The Miami New Times reported last week that Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star and three-time American League Most Valuable Player, bought performance-enhancing substances from a clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Major League Baseball said it is investigating the report, which Rodriguez has said is false.
Speaking today at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, Florida, Steinbrenner said the allegations against Rodriguez were “a concern, but it’s out of our hands,” AP reported.
“We will cooperate with MLB in any way we can, any way we’re asked to,” Steinbrenner said, according to the AP.
Rodriguez, 37, could miss the entire 2013 season after having hip surgery last month. There is $114 million left on the 10-year contract he signed with the Yankees after the 2007 season.
ESPN reported last week that Rodriguez received injections directly from Anthony Bosch, the owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic.
Rodriguez acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. He has denied any connection with Bosch or the Biogenesis clinic.