Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday evening that even more names of Major League Baseball players were included in the PED report out of a Miami clinic from last week.
Cervelli may be a surprise to some, as in no way does he look (or perform) as if he was taking performance enhancing drugs.
While Cervelli did not deny taking substances from Anthony Bosch, the consultant listed in the reports, he did claim that, "I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball."
(cont)legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery.I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball.— Francisco Cervelli (@fran_cervelli) February 6, 2013
The story on Yahoo! did also make note of the fact that Cervelli's name was not actually listed next to any PEDs in the report, so there is a good chance that Cervelli is indeed telling the truth.
What's holding many back from believing this denial from Cervelli is the fact that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was also included in the report.
As I'm sure most of you remember, Braun was involved in a controversial PED case just prior to the 2012 season.
His inclusion in this most recent scandal—almost exactly a year after the decision on his previous case was made—likely hurts the rest of the players mentioned.
Should Cervelli get suspended by the league—though there aren't currently any implications of such an action happening in the near future—the decision at catcher should be easier to make for manager Joe Girardi and the rest of the Yankees coaching staff.
Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson and Austin Romine would all have increased chances of making the team out of spring training.
Cervelli has had a more successful major league career than any of the trio, so it could potentially be an underrated loss if he does indeed receive a 50-game suspension.
If Cervelli is telling the truth, however, expect to see him competing for the starting catcher's job in spring training.