Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez linked to alleged doping clinic

Jonathan Daniel

Several prominent players have been tied to a purported PED clinic in Miami in a recent report, prompting Major League Baseball to open an investigation with the help of the DEA.

A three-month investigation by the New Times has allegedly revealed links between a Miami PED clinic called Biogenesis and six prominent MLB players: Gio Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, and Bartolo Colon.

The report states that the names included -- as well as several others left out of the report -- were all part of Biogenesis records given to the New Times by a clinic employee shortly before the company shut down last month.

Though the company advertised as an anti-aging center, according to the New Times report the records are also clear in describing the real business of the clinic: selling everything from Human Growth Hormone to anabolic steroids.

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The head of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, as well as his father, Pedro, have been tied to steroid distribution in the past, as the pair were linked to Manny Ramirez's steroid suspension in 2009.

Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into the Bosches with the help of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, reports the New York Daily News, as the family duo appears to be tied to several clinics in the south Florida area.

All the players listed in the report can be suspended by the MLB if it is determined that they have "just cause" to do so, even without a failed drug test.

UPDATE 9:10 a.m. ET: Major League Baseball did not have much of the information revealed on Anthony Bosch's alleged PED distribution and could end up handing out 50-game suspensions as a result, a source has told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. ET: Though Gio Gonzalez is named several times in the New Times report, the substance listed alongside his name, Aminorip, does not appear to include any substances banned in MLB's drug policy, according to Chris Mottram at Mr. Irrelevant.


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