Major League Baseball intends to suspend New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 100 games using incriminating testimony from Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. who allegedly supplied Rodriguez and 19 other players with performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
Bosch, whose anti-aging clinic became the new nexus of baseball’s steroid epidemic after the Miami New Times linked him to Rodriguez (among other players) in January, has agreed to cooperate with MLB investigators this Friday, Outside the Lines reported Tuesday.
Rodriguez, who in 2009 admitted using steroids during his three-year stint (2001-03) with the Texas Rangers, is being treated as a second-time offender of MLB’s drug policy. First-time offenders are suspended 50 games. Players with three offenses face a lifetime ban from MLB.
Subsequent to the Miami New Times report, Rodriguez denied having any association with Bosch through Sitrick and Company, a crisis management public relations firm. Rodriguez underwent hip surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and isn’t expected to make his 2013 debut any earlier than July.
A suspension for his alleged link to Bosch, however, immediately ends, at the very least, his season. Stay tuned.