New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli denied using performance-enhancing drugs, saying Wednesday that he only went to a south Florida wellness clinic linked to PEDs for consultation.
Cervelli said he regrets the decision to seek advice on a foot injury in March 2011 from Tony Bosch, who ran the Biogenesis clinic. He said he visited the clinic on the recommendation of an unnamed friend who was not a player.
"I went there for maybe some suggestions and that's it," Cervelli said, according to multiple reports. "I walked away with nothing in my hands. No supplements. I just went there and talked. That's it.
"I take my responsibility. Nobody put a gun to my head to go there. I realize now that it was a mistake to go there, but it already happened, so what can I do?"
Cervelli said he has not used performahce-enhancing drugs and that he has not spoken with Major League Baseball investigators about the Biogenesis case.
"I'm not worried. I'm here" at spring training, Cervelli said. "They've got to do what they've got to do. I tell the truth, I have nothing to hide."
Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez was identified in the clinic's records as receiving drugs, according to a Miami New Times report. Cervelli said he hadn't spoken with Rodriguez about the clinic.