Alex Rodriguez may not be the only Yankee who could have to answer questions about an alleged tie to performance-enhancing drugs. According to Yahoo! Sports, catcher Francisco Cervelli’s name also appears in the ledgers of Biogenesis, along with Brewers slugger and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun. MLB is investigating the closed South Florida anti-aging clinic, along with owner Anthony Bosch, as a potential source of illegal drugs. Cervelli denied any wrongdoing on Twitter last night. “Following my foot injury in March, 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including the Biogenesis clinic for legal ways to aid my rehab & recovery,” the Yankees catcher posted. “I purchased supplements I am certain were not prohibited by MLB.” Unlike the records obtained by Miami New Times in which Rodriguez’s name was listed next to specific drugs along with amounts, no such information is shown next to Cervelli’s, so any discipline handed out by the league will be harder to come by. It’s another unwanted connection between the anti-aging clinic and the Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman said he had not been informed of the most recent development and declined further comment last night. Cervelli is expected to compete with Chris Stewart and Austin Romine for the starting catching job this spring after the departure of Russell Martin. The 26-year-old played in just three games for the Yankees in 2012, but a lack of viable options bumped Cervelli up the depth chart. Braun also issued a denial. In a statement, the Brewers slugger said he did not purchase any products from Bosch, saying his attorneys used Bosch as a consultant to answer “questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples,” and that “a dispute over compensation” was the reason Braun’s name was mentioned. Braun tested positive for high levels of testosterone after winning the 2011 NL MVP but argued his urine sample had been mishandled because it was not dropped off at a FedEx store in a timely fashion, as dictated in baseball’s drug policy.
Yanks catcher Cervelli on PED lab list, along with Braun
New York Post | Feb 6