Francisco Cervelli 'not scared' by ties to Biogenesis

Francisco Cervelli looks on during batting practice before

Francisco Cervelli looks on during batting practice before playing against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 2, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Francisco Cervelli didn't want to give the wrong idea.

Thursday morning, one day after driving past a group of reporters wanting to ask him about his just-disclosed ties to Biogenesis, Cervelli sought out those reporters.

"I'm not running away from you guys,'' the Yankees catcher said before working out at the team's minor- league complex. "I'm not scared or anything.''

Cervelli, whose name reportedly was on documents from the Miami-based clinic that has been accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, admitted involvement with the anti-aging clinic and its director, Anthony Bosch, but denied any wrongdoing.

On his verified Twitter account, Cervelli issued a response when the news first surfaced Tuesday night.

"Following my foot injury in March 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including BioGenesis Clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery," he tweeted. "I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball."

Cervelli said he plans to address the story to the full media contingent -- only three news organizations, including Newsday, were at the complex Thursday -- on Wednesday, the day pitchers and catchers have their first workout.

"I just want to do it one time and that's it,'' Cervelli said. "We're going to talk on the 13th for sure.''

Fellow Yankee Alex Rodriguez was among the first players mentioned in the Miami New Times report about PEDs and Biogenesis. But unlike A-Rod and the other players first mentioned, Cervelli and former National League MVP Ryan Braun of Milwaukee were not listed next to details of PED use or distribution.

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