Alex Rodriguez said he plans to monitor Major League Baseball's drug investigation centered on the Biogenesis of America clinic and founder Anthony Bosch.
The Yankees' third baseman, who is recovering from hip surgery, released a statement addressing his name appearing in reports concerning MLB's investigation of Biogenisis and performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez and other high-profile MLB players including Ryan Braun and Melky Cabrera were connected to the clinic in a January report in the Miami New Times.
"Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded," Rodriguez said Thursday in a statement issued by his new spokesman, Ron Berkowitz. "I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate. As I have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship. I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I'm back playing."
News that Bosch has agreed to cooperate in MLB's investigation and implicate their use of banned performance-enhancing drugs have led to reports that Rodriguez and other players could be suspended.
If Rodriguez does survive the Biogenesis scandal without being suspended, he's unlikely to find a warm welcome from the Yankees who reportedly want him to retire and let them off the hook for the four years and $86 million remaining on his contract.
Rodriguez issued a statement in January denying any connection to Bosch and Biogenesis.
"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."