MIAMI -- Yuri Sucart, cousin of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, was denied a protective order by Judge Ronald Dresnick during a discovery hearing Wednesday in Major League Baseball's suit against four defendants linked to Biogenesis, the now-shuttered anti-aging clinic where it is alleged performance-enhancing drugs were given to baseball players.
The ruling for MLB means it can subpoena Sucart within 20 days to determine if he has any information relevant to the investigation.
Sucart is not named in the suit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch and associates Juan Acevado, Richard Martinez and Juan Carlos Nuñez. MLB's ongoing probe could reportedly yield player suspensions of up to 100 games.
Sucart's name reportedly appeared in a diary entry made by Bosch in March 2012. In 2009, Rodriguez said Sucart helped him obtain steroids from 2001-2003 when A-Rod was with the Texas Rangers. In 2009, the Yankees, in coordination with MLB, banned Sucart from having contact with the team in areas under the jurisdiction of MLB, such as stadiums and clubhouses. It did not prohibit Sucart or Rodriguez from having contact with each other.
Jeffrey Sonn, Sucart's attorney, argued that a civil court had no say in what he characterized as a MLB player/management dispute. He suggested federal court would be the only possible home for this case to play out.
Matthew I. Menchel, an attorney for MLB, countered by saying the MLB player/management agreement is not in dispute.
Dresnick said he was denying the protective order because it was brought by a nonparty, referring to Sucart. "This is a standing issue and any dismissal is up to the parties in the case to raise it."