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Report: Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli, Danny Valencia named in Biogenesis records
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia are the latest Major League Baseball players to be connected to a Miami-based clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs. A Yahoo! Sports report says the three players' names appear in records from Biogenesis, a now shuttered anti-aging clinic that has become the focus of a PED investigation.
The news come on the heels of a report from last week that named Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and other major leaguers as Biogenesis clients.
Rodriguez, through his representatives, has refuted the assertion that he took PEDs during the time frame mentioned in the initial report and denied any involvement with the clinic.
MLB is investigating the clinic as well as Bosch.
Cervelli, who was in contention for the Yankees starting catching job before the release, said he consulted with a number of experts, including Biogenesis clinic, for legal ways to help recover from a foot injury in March, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported. Cervelli added that any supplements he purchased are not prohibited by MLB.
Cervelli hit .266 with a career-high four home runs in 43 games during the 2011 season. He spent the majority of 2012 at Triple-A, where he hit .246 with two home runs.
Braun's representatives have denied that he is in the log because of PED use.
"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Ryan Braun said himself in a statement. "More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples."
Braun is no stranger to PED investigations. The 2011 National League MVP tested positive for testosterone following his MVP run. He was initially given a 50-game suspension that was later overturned after Braun appealed it.
Braun finished second in NL MVP voting in 2012 after posting NL-best marks in home runs (41), runs (108), total bases (356) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.987). The 41 home runs were a career-high for Braun.
Valencia burst on the scene with the Twins in 2010, hitting .311 with seven home runs in 85 games. He hit 15 home runs in 2011, but slumped to a .246 average. He declined further in 2012, hitting .198 with the Twins before a trade to Boston, where he was even worse, batting .143 in 10 games. The Orioles acquired Valencia at the end of November for cash considerations to strengthen their infield depth.