Report: Alex Rodriguez’s Name Appears On Miami Clinic PED List
Alex Rodriguez's name is among several major league baseball players who appear on a Maimi anti-aging clinic's as receiving performance enhancing drugs (PED).
The Miami New Times reports that the Yankee outfielder's name appears 16 times in records it reviewed including in the private notebook of clinic Anthony Bosch which indicates an order for HGH, a performance-enhancing drug banned by Major League Baseball.
A-Rod admitted using steroids from 2001-03 and says he has not used them since. However, the New Times report shows his name starting in 2009 until last season listing IGF-1, a banned substance that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth, GHRP, a substance that releases growth hormones and testosterone creams.
Rodriquez ended the 2012 season on a down note, riding the bench in the playoffs and undergoing hip surgery that may sideline him for a portion of the season.
The New York Yankees issued a statement supporting MLB's drug policy that did not address this specific allegation. “We fully support the Commissioner’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner’s Office. We will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded," read the statement.
MLB in a statement said they are conducting an “active investigation” into the incident.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STATEMENT
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.
"The recommendations of the Mitchell Report have once again played a critical role in Major League Baseball's ongoing efforts against performance-enhancing drugs. MLB implemented all of the recommendations made by Senator Mitchell in 2007, several of which emphasized the significance of installing proactive investigative services.
"The establishment of our Department of Investigations has represented a critical advance in these comprehensive efforts. In the years since its formation, DOI's work has proven pivotal to bringing to light information regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances. Furthermore, DOI has built strong working relationships with federal and local law enforcement authorities. These relationships are crucial because only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
"Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game. We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game's unbending zero-tolerance approach. We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.
"We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete."