2/5/2013 11:35 P.M. ET
Cervelli's name reportedly surfaces on clinic list
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been linked as a possible client of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Miami that is alleged to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Yahoo! Sports obtained records from the shuttered South Florida business that lists Cervelli's name, as well as those of 2011 National League MVP Award winner Ryan Braun -- who successfully appealed a positive test for illegal synthetic testosterone last offseason on a technicality related to the way his test sample was handled -- and Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.
In response to the Yahoo! report, Cervelli tweeted late 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. I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball."
None of the three players was linked to any specific drug, but Braun's name was listed with a dollar sign. The record examined by Yahoo! matches a previously published document from the Miami New Times' investigation that had Braun's name redacted, with the names of Cervelli and Valencia cut off.
Major League Baseball is conducting an ongoing investigation of the Biogenesis clinic and its operator, Anthony Bosch.
MLB released a statement Tuesday night, saying, "We have an active ongoing investigation in Florida. Until that is completed, we can't comment on any of the details or information that has surfaced."
The Yankees have said they will not comment on specifics of the situation until MLB's investigation is complete.
Braun also issued a statement Tuesday night explaining why his name was listed.
"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," Braun said. "More specifically, he answered questions about T/E [testosterone to epitestosterone] ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list. I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."
As it has been detailed by Rodriguez's case, MLB has the power to seek suspensions for any players proven to have possessed performance-enhancing drugs, even in the absence of a positive test. A first offense would result in a 50-game suspension.
Cervelli, 26, is considered a leading candidate to serve as the Yankees' starting catcher this season. He spent most of 2012 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the lifetime .271 hitter is set to report to Spring Training next week vying with Chris Stewart and prospect Austin Romine for the Opening Day nod behind the plate.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.