Report: Clinic owner injected A-Rod
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was injected with PEDs at his home by Anthony Bosch, the owner of south Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, according to a report on ESPN.com.
Rodriguez is one of seven baseball players linked to the clinic — which allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs — in a report published Monday by the newspaper Miami New Times.
According to the ESPN report, Bosch visited Rodriguez's home every few weeks, and Bosch’s handling of the 37-year-old Yankees star was more hands-on than the treatment of the other athletes who were allegedly customers.
Those other players, the report says, used intermediaries to transport the PEDs.
A source reportedly said that Bosch told associates he had been kicked out of Rodriguez’s home last spring after he had trouble locating a vein, which upset the All-Star third baseman.
"Tony said A-Rod was pissed at him," a source said in the ESPN report. "He said he was bleeding everywhere."
According to the report, several sources anonymously said that Bosch spoke openly about his relationship with Rodriguez. Two sources said they reviewed documents that detailed Rodriguez's drug regimens and schedules.
Rodriguez and Bosch have each denied that there is any truth the the New Times report. After the most recent report on Friday, a spokesperson for Rodriguez again issued a denial, saying "the allegations are not true."
Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to using performance-enhancing drugs in response to a Sports Illustrated report that said he had tested positive six years earlier. But he said then that he only used PEDs in a specific period from ’01 to ’03 — before he joined the Yankees, before baseball enacted steroid testing.
The New Times article also named Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal and Cesar Carrillo, who pitched for the Padres in 2009 and finished last season in the Detroit Tigers organization.
Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were all suspended for 50 games after violating MLB's drug policy last season.