Touch 'Em All: MLB takes doping-linked clinic to court

Posted: March 23, 2013

Major League Baseball sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators Friday, accusing them of scheming to provide banned performance-enhancing drugs to players. The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables antiaging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch.

Although it seeks money damages, the lawsuit also could provide a way for MLB to more deeply investigate Biogenesis and Bosch through depositions of witnesses and subpoenas to obtain documents. MLB was rebuffed in an effort to obtain clinic records from the alternative Miami New Times newspaper, which has published detailed accounts of the alleged drug use.

Among those implicated are New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

Ex-Phillies watch

The Washington Nationals signed J.C. Romero to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Manager Davey Johnson said the 36-year-old ex-Phil provides "insurance" in case they need another lefty in the bullpen. . . . The San Francisco Giants released former Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez.

- Associated Press

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