Another name has come to the surface. Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers has now been linked to Biogenesis and the growing PED scandal out of Miami. Yesterday, Ryan Braun's name was linked. Earlier today, Jesus Montero's name was released. Now it's Peralta's turn.
According to Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, Peralta is the fifth former client of ACES, the agency that represented Melky Cabrera and helped him create a fake website in an attempt to beat his PED suspension, to be linked to the clinic. Peralta's name is in the clinic's records but with no specific PED correlation.
Peralta has played 10 years in the Majors. He has spent the last two and half years in Detroit. Prior to that, Peralta was with the Cleveland Indians. In his career, Peralta has hit .264/.327/.422. If you are looking for his anomaly season (we know the skeptic in you is looking), Peralta hit .299/.345/.478 with 21 home runs in 2011. He made the only All-Star Game appearance of his career that year. However, Peralta has had similar seasons in the past. He posted a higher OPS in 2005.
Peralta released a statement tonight denying any connection to the clinic, and he denied using PEDs.
Related: PED scandal summary.
"I have never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying."
Seth Levinson, one of the agents from ACES, said that he has never condoned PED use, and to think his agency does is "ridiculous."
Update - 10:50 PM EST
The Detroit Tigers have released a statement regarding Jhonny Peralta's connection to Biogenesis.
The Detroit Tigers fully support Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
We are aware of this report, however since this matter is currently part of an investigation by Major League Baseball, the Club is not at liberty to comment.