Major League Baseball players Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the athletes connected to performance-enhancing drugs to appear on records from a Miami anti-aging clinic, according to a Miami New Times report.
The report includes records from a Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic, which cites those players as being among those who received various performance-enhancing substances from clinic head Anthony Bosch, who is already being investigated by MLB and the DEA.
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances," Major League Baseball said a statement. "These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program."
The athletes' named have South Florida connections.
The Miami New Times said the records show the firm sold human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids. Bosch, 49, was also linked to former slugger Manny Ramirez when he received a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy in 2009.
The findings stem from a three-month investigation, the Miami New Times said.
Rodriguez, who is out for at least the first half of the 2013 season after hip surgery Jan. 16, issued a statement denying any involvement.
"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true," he said in a statement issued by a publicist. "He was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story -- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez -- are not legitimate."
Rodriguez had previously denied used PEDs until a Sports Illustrated report in February 2009 said he tested positive for two steroids in MLB's anonymous 2003 survey. Two days after that story ran, he admitted that he used PEDs over a three-year period, but said he stopped after 2003.
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