Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun is the latest major-league baseball player to have his name appear in records of a Miami-area clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs, reports Yahoo! Sports.
None of the records obtained by Yahoo! link Braun to specific PEDs or their use, but Braun admitted that he had a business relationship with Anthony Bosch, who is the owner of a Biogenesis clinic that is under investigation. New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia are also listed on the records.
"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Braun said in a statement. "More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples."
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and others are being linked to PED use by a Biogenesis clinic run by Anthony Bosch.
MLB is investigating the Biogenesis clinic and its operator, Anthony Bosch, to determine the breadth of Bosch's alleged PED dispersal throughout the sport. The league could pursue punishment through non-analytical positives – evidentiary links to players without positive tests – and one source said it will not limit the potential discipline to those whose names are surfacing for the first time, meaning those who have faced suspensions in the past could again be tried.Braun, the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2011, faced a 50-game suspension for testing positive for having high levels of testosterone and successfully appealed the drug test in January 2012.