(CBS) New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is among a number of baseball stars linked to a Miami drug clinic in an explosive report from the Miami New Times.
The newspaper acquired records from a former employee of Biogenesis, which fronted as an anti-aging clinic near the University of Miami. But according to the report, “the records are clear in describing the firm’s real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids.”
The clinic, which the New Times refers to as “the East Coast version of BALCO” apparently closed last month and the owner “abruptly disappeared.”
Unfortunately for some Major League Baseball players, their names appear on the records. Those players include: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A’s hurler Bartolo Colón, Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez previously spent two stints in the White Sox minor league system.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Major League Baseball will investigate the allegations and had actually already been looking into the issue. Heyman reports that the named players can be suspended if the allegations check out, even without a positive drug test. He also reports that there could be other names linked to the clinic that have yet to be released.