MLB Reportedly Subpoenas Companies to Aid Ongoing PED Investigaion

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2013

Jun 5, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun watches the game from the dugout during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Miller Park. Braun did not start the game because of a thumb injury.   Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Major League Baseball’s unprecedented investigation into Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal has added yet another layer.

The Associated Press has learned (h/t ESPN) that MLB lawyers have filed for subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile to obtain the phone and delivery records of players implicated in the scandal. 

The subpoenas were reportedly filed on May 24. 

Looking to bolster their evidence against players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, MLB lawyers have requested a multitude of records from the companies. The AP report notes that the subpoena calls for Federal Express to turn over the delivery records for Biogenesis, players involved in the case, and other associates of the clinic and players.

"FedEx complies with all valid subpoenas and we are unable to comment further," company spokesperson Scott  Fiedler stated.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for both AT&T and T-Mobile responded in similar manner.

Reports of MLB's request comes just days after news broke that the commissioner's office was preparing to hand down unprecedented suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis scandal. According to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish, MLB is planning to suspend Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and a total of about 20 players for breaking the performance-enhancing drug policy by associating with the Miami-based clinic. 

MLB reportedly felt emboldened after reaching an agreement with clinic head Tony Bosch, who is expected to verify records of performance-enhancing drug use and receipt records obtained in an investigation.

ESPN's report notes that Bosch is expected to meet with officials Friday to give sworn statements on the matter.

The investigation stems from a Miami New Times report from January that exposed Biogenesis' PED ring. Under the watch of Bosch, Biogenesis reportedly supplied illegal substances to multiple MLB players, including human-growth hormone, anabolic steroids and testosterone. The most notable names on the report were Braun and Rodriguez. Others included Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Bartolo Colon.  

MLB subsequently launched its investigation into the matter, and ESPN's report singled out Braun and Rodriguez as the biggest targets. The two sluggers are said to be facing 100-game suspensions, which is the equivalent to two positive drug tests.

Rodriguez and Braun have both denied the allegations. 

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