Ryan Braun Reportedly Appears in More Biogenisis Clinic Material
Milwaukee Brewers superstar left fielder Ryan Braun may not be out of harm's way in regard to allegations of his PED use.
A report by ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish reveals a list acquired from Biogenesis of America clinic founder Anthony Bosch, which names several Major League Baseball players and indicates they received performance-enhancing drugs.
Included on that list is Braun.
The report cited a source close to the television show Outside the Lines, which obtained the documents in this latest inquiry:
The list with Braun's name, which also includes New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli and Toronto's Melky Cabrera, was a list of players who received PEDs, and that there is "no other reason to be on that paper."
The figure next to Braun's name signifies $1,500, the amount of money that Braun allegedly owed Bosch for purchasing PEDs.
Braun's stellar stats were called into question just over a year ago after the outfielder tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone; however, Braun was the first player in MLB history to win his appeal, as reported by The New York Times' Ken Belson and Michael S. Schmidt.
After dealing with that offseason controversy, Braun responded with a sensational 2012 campaign, swatting a National League-leading 41 home runs and driving in 112 runs, while maintaining a .319 batting average.
Quinn and Fish emphasize that this does not definitively prove that the 29-year-old did in fact take the drugs, but the link between Braun and Biogenesis is definitely getting stronger.
Bosch was also behind the positive HCG test that resulted in a 50-game suspension for Manny Ramirez during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as alluded to in the report.
This latest information gives more legs to the story by Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! last Friday, in which Braun's name was linked to the alleged PED clinic.
Braun explained that he had nothing to hide and would fully cooperate with investigators.
It remains unclear as to why Braun consulted with Bosch in the first place, and these documents unearthed by ESPN amplify that question.
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