Several high-profile professional athletes have already been linked to the Biogenesis clinic as potential recipients of performance-enhancing drugs, and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is reportedly the next player being investigated by Major League Baseball.
UPDATE: Monday, April 22, at 8:15 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Following a Major League Baseball probe into the ties between the spokeswoman for Cano’s foundation to Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic, sources told the Daily News Monday that the Yankee superstar does not appear to be linked to the clinic and that his name does not appear on MLB’s list of players who allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch.
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According to T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN, Sonia Cruz—spokeswoman for Cano’s foundation—was found to have been a client of the Biogenesis clinic prior to closing in September. While Cruz denies being a client, records show the spokeswoman owed $300 to the clinic in both July and August of 2012.
Though Cano’s connection to the clinic hasn’t been solidified, MLB has possession of the records and is investigating the situation.
Cruz claims her only connection to the clinic was through a meeting with one of its employees regarding a dieting program, as quoted by Quinn and Fish:
I met with a nurse who works for the clinic, but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women. I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutritional thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff.
Given the clandestine nature of PED abuse among professional athletes, the MLB’s apparent interest in further investigating his potential connection makes sense, especially with former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera and current third baseman Alex Rodriguez having already been linked to the investigation.
According to Quinn and Fish, "So far almost 30 major and minor league baseball players have been connected to the clinic."
Cano made a statement acknowledging the story, but he claims he has not seen what is included in it (via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News):
Cano: "I'm going to play my game. ... I didn't see what the story said but I have no comment."— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 22, 2013
As Quinn and Fish point out in their report, the Biogenesis documents likely won’t be enough to warrant suspensions from MLB unless someone directly connected to the documents will back up their validity.
Cano hasn’t been interviewed by Major League Baseball regarding the reports (nor have any other players included in the documents), but MLB is working with the MLB Players Association to do just that.