A recent report from Tim Elfrink of the Miami News Times has dominated the MLB headlines of late, as a number of MLB stars including Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz have been tied to a clinic that supplied PEDs. While this certainly does not qualify as a positive test for the aforementioned players, they could still face suspension on what is known as a non-analytic positive, wherein a player does not physically test positive but there is strong enough secondary evidence to warrant a suspension. Rick Ankiel and Jordan Schafer are two examples of players who have been suspended without a positive test in the past. This would be a major blow for all the teams involved, but losing Cruz would especially be difficult for the Rangers as their offense has already been hit hard by free agency. Here is the excerpt from the article regarding Cruz, who had never before been linked to PEDs in any way until this report came out: But there are also several prominent professionals in Bosch's records who have never before been linked to steroid use. According to his July 2012 client sheet, Bosch sold $4,000 of product to Nelson Cruz, whom he nicknames "Mohamad." Cruz, the power-hitting Dominican outfielder for the Texas Rangers, has whacked 130 bombs in his eight-year career without any links to performance-enhancing drugs. Until now. Bosch writes in his 2012 book: "Need to call him, go Thur to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and... and will infuse them in May."
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