Major League Baseball is investigating allegations that several players, including Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, bought performance-enhancing drugs from a clinic in South Florida between 2009 and 2012.
According to a story published by the Miami New Times, records obtained by the paper revealed that Biogenesis, which specializes in anti-aging treatments, sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormones, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
The report states that some of the clients on the clinic's list include Cruz, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Cruz is allegedly listed on a July 2012 record from Biogenesis. A notation on that record from clinic owner Anthony Bosch says, "need to call him, go Thur. to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and&and will infuse them in May." Bosch's notes indicate that troches are a type of drug lozenge which Miami News Times said includes testosterone.
Cruz, who slugged 24 home runs in 2012, looks to be a key part of a Rangers outfield that lost former MVP Josh Hamilton to the Anaheim Angels in the offseason.
The Rangers issued the following statement regarding the report:
"The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team has no further comment."
Cruz has never been disciplined for PED use by Major League Baseball.
Per MLB policy, a first-time positive test for steroids results in a 50 game suspension. A second positive test results in a 100 game suspension. Any player who tests positive for steroids three times receives a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.
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