A-Rod among players listed in doping report
AFPMIAMI -- New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players were named in a report detailing the records of a Miami clinic that allegedly supplied them performance-enhancing drugs.
January 31, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Miami New Times published the report on Tuesday based on records obtained from an employee at Biogenesis, a clinic run by Anthony Bosch, who was linked to Manny Ramirez when he was suspended for 50 games for doping in 2009.
Rodriguez, who in 2009 admitted taking performance-enhancing substances while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003, also said he had never taken such drugs since then or with the Yankees, but his name appears 16 times in Biogenesis records from 2009 through 2012.
New Times said Bosch kept handwritten notebooks and one with Rodriguez's name was labeled 2012 and said, “He is paid through April 30th. He will owe May 1 US$4,000 ... I need to see him between April 13-19, deliver troches, pink cream, and ... May meds. Has three weeks of Sub-Q (as of April).”
Bosch's notes outlined “troches” as a drug lozenge with 15 percent testosterone while the “pink cream” includes testosterone and the “Sub-Q” is a mix of drugs that includes human growth hormones.
Other notebooks linked Rodriguez to paying Bosch US$3,500 for human growth hormone, a banned substance; as well as testosterone cream and supplements; GHRP, a substance that releases growth hormones; and IGF-1, a banned substance stimulating insulin production and muscle growth.
“The news reports about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true,” Rodriguez said in a statement first released to the New York Post.
“Alex Rodriguez 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.”
“A-Rod,” a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, is recovering from hip surgery. The 37-year-old third baseman is expected back as early as July.