Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Francisco Cervelli Linked to Miami Performance Enhancing Drugs Clinic

According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, Francisco Cervelli is among the names o Major League Baseball players linked to Anthony Bosch's clinic that provided performance enhancing drugs. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun on that list of players linked to the scandal.

Cervelli will be among those pitchers and catchers that report to Spring Training next week. After Russell Martin decided to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cervelli moved up on the depth chart and looks to be the Yankees' current option to be behind the plate on Opening Day.

Cervelli plans to leave Spring Training for a bit and represent Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

The catcher only played in three games for the Yankees in 2012 with two plate appearances to show for his season. In 2011, he was Russell Martin's back-up catcher and hit .266 with four homeruns and 22 RBIs in 43 games.

Much like the Alex Rodriguez situation, do not expect Brian Cashman or the Yankees to issue a statement without Major League Baseball completing its investigation of the Miami clinic. On the other hand, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will release his comments on the allegations soon.

Other former Yankees on the list: Melky Cabrera (now with Toronto) and Bartolo Colon (now with Oakland)

Update - CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted out the following statement from Cervelli: 
"Following my foot injury in March, 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including biogenesis clinic for legal ways to aid my rehab & recovery. I purchased supplements I am certain (they) were not prohibited by Major League Baseball." - Cervelli

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