Braun, Cervelli, Valencia deny using PEDs after names appear on Miami clinic papers
The list of players involved in the Miami clinic PED scandal just continues to grow, but Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli are denying using any illegal substances.
Braun, who won the 2011 National League MVP, appears on the handwritten list along with Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, according to MLB.com.
There was not, however, any specific illegal substances listed next to the players’ names.
Braun has denied any PED use, as he put out a statement that said he only used Anthony Bosch, who operated the clinic, as a consultant during his successful 2012 appeal for allegations of him using PED’s. “I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Valencia and Cervelli have also denied any involvement. Valencia released a statement saying, “I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career … I will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion.”
Meanwhile, Cervelli posted on his Twitter: “Following my foot injury in March 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including BioGenesis Clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery. I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball.”
This comes after a recent report by the Miami New Times that released names also on the list, such as Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
The MLB and the players association have recently agreed to expand drug testing. This would include blood testing for human growth hormones throughout the year, as well as testing all players for baseline testosterone ratios.