Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz among names mentioned in new PED report
Anthony Bosch, a south Florida biochemist, supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and more than half a dozen other major league players according to a report from the Miami New Times. MLB officials believe the news could grow into a doping scandal that would rival the BALCO case that implicated Barry Bonds, says Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.
Bosch reportedly gave out human growth hormone, synthetic testosterone and other PEDs to players who had previously not been linked including Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz. A few of Bosch’s other clients had already been caught by the league (Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal).
There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.
The mentions of Rodriguez begin in 2009 and continue all the way through last season. Take a page in another notebook, which is labeled “2012″ and looks to have been written last spring. Under the heading “A-Rod/Cacique,” Bosch writes, “He is paid through April 30th. He will owe May 1 $4,000… I need to see him between April 13-19, deliver troches, pink cream, and… May meds. Has three weeks of Sub-Q (as of April).”
According to the report, Cruz gave Bosch $4,000 in July 2012, and Gio Gonzalez is also mentioned five times in the records. The report also includes boxers and tennis players with links to the South Florida area.