Report: Rangers' Cruz linked to Miami clinic



Posted on January 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 6:57 PM

DALLAS -- According to a report from the Miami New Times, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was among several high-profile athletes found in the records of a company called Biogenesis, which the New Times alleges sold performance-enhancing drugs including human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone, and anabolic steroids.

The New Times said they were given the records by a former Biogenesis employee, and interviews with six customers and two employees of the recently-closed clinic corroborated the records.

The Texas Rangers issued a statement Tuesday morning after the story was released, but it didn't say anything specific about Cruz or the allegations.

"The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry," the statement read. "The team has no further comment."

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez are among the other high-profile players attached to the clinic.

Cabrera and Colon were each suspended for failing drug tests last season. Rodriguez has admitted using steroids from 2001-03 but insisted he stopped after that.

Major League Baseball released a statement Tuesday morning that said through the league's Department of Investigations, they "have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida" and noted "three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program."

Cruz hadn't previously been linked to performance-enhancing drugs in his career.

"We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game," the statement read. “We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

The report claims the chief of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, 49, wrote in his July 2012 client sheet he sold $4,000 worth of product to Cruz, who he nicknamed "Mohamad."

In Cruz' eight-year career, he has 130 home runs, 413 RBIs, and a .268 batting average. Last year, Cruz hit 24 home runs. In 2009, he hit a career-high 33 homers.

WFAA Sports is heading to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to attempt to get some reaction to the news.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report