Major League Baseball may suspend a number of players, including marquee names like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, over the next few weeks for their ties to a Miami-based supplement clinic that has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
According to a report on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic that is currently shut down, agreed to cooperate with MLB's investigation into whether the clinic supplied a number of players with banned substances. According to ESPN, in exchange for Bosch's cooperation, MLB plans to drop the lawsuit it filed against him in March, provide personal security for him and help him with any other charges brought against him by law enforcement agencies.
Major League Baseball had been investigating Bosch since 2012, when three players with ties to Bosch were suspended for elevated testosterone levels. Over the past few months, several news outlets obtained documents that allegedly tie a number of MLB players to Biogenesis and Bosch. The players were listed under pseudonyms or nicknames in records the company kept that tracked what substances – human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids – each player was given.
Braun, a Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who won the 2011 National League MVP, was given a 50-game suspension in October 2011 after failing a drug test, but the suspension was overturned by an arbitrator after Braun challenged the method in which his urine sample was handled. Braun's name appears on documents kept by Biogenesis and ESPN says Bosch is expected to tell MLB he provided drugs to Braun.
Braun issued a statement about the report Tuesday after the Brewers' game against the Oakland Athletics.
"The truth has not changed. I don't know the specifics of the story that came out [Tuesday], but I've already addressed it, I've already commented on it, and I'll say nothing further about it," Braun told MLB.com.
Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' injured third baseman, has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in the past, telling ESPN in 2009 that he used drugs during his time with the Texas Rangers, a period in which he won the American League's MVP award.