Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported on Tuesday that New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was among several more players listed in records kept by Anthony Bosch, the operator of the Biogenesis clinic in Miami that is facing investigation from Major League Baseball for facilitating the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Cervelli’s name was listed alongside Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and Orioles infielder Danny Valencia on documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. Also listed were Cervelli’s teammate, Alex Rodriguez, and Melky Cabrera, both of which were implicated last week by a report in the Miami New Times. Unlike Rodriguez and Cabrera, Cervelli’s name was not listed next to a specific performance-enhancing drug, though it does warrant reason for investigation.
Cervelli is expected to compete with Chris Stewart and Austin Romine this spring for the chance to start behind the plate for the Yankees. He spent the majority of the 2012 season catching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Stewart was acquired towards the end of Spring Training.
Neither Cervelli nor his agent has issued a statement regarding the potential link to the Biogenesis clinic.
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