Touch 'Em All: Sources: MLB interviewing players in Biogenesis probe; bans likely

Posted: June 21, 2013

Investigators have started interviewing players linked to Biogenesis, the defunct Miami-based clinic at the heart of MLB's performance-enhancing drugs probe, reported Wednesday, adding that at least some suspensions will be handed down.

However, the two biggest names connected with the clinic, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Brewers' Ryan Braun, have not yet been interviewed, the website said.

MLB declined to comment on the case but has said it will go wherever the evidence leads, no matter the player involved. About 15 players have been implicated in the case.

According to a report published Tuesday by the Miami New Times, the weekly that broke the story, Rodriguez allegedly reached out to Biogenesis operator Tony Bosch for help while struggling in last year's American League Championship Series.

Hindered by a left hip injury that later required surgery, Rodriguez went 3 for 25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts and no extra-base hits during the postseason.

World of hurt

The Padres placed shortstop Everth Cabrera, the NL leader with 31 stolen bases, on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured left hamstring.

The injury-depleted Yankees said infielder Kevin Youkilis, 34, will undergo surgery on a herniated disc Thursday and be unavailable for 10 to 12 weeks.

The labor report

Centerfielder Eric Young Jr., who was hitting .242 with one home run when the Rockies designated him for assignment last week, has found a home with the Mets.

Former Phillie Roy Oswalt will make his first start of the season for the Rockies on Thursday vs. the Nationals.

- Inquirer wire reports

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