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University of Miami tests baseball team for PEDs, including HGH

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
Miami is under investigation by MLB. (US Presswire)

In the wake of performance-enhancing drug concerns stemming from the South Florida clinic Biogenesis, the University of Miami has tested its players for banned substances, according to the Associated Press. Players were also tested for human growth hormone, which is typically not covered by the university's drug policy.

Last week, we heard that Major League Baseball will investigate the Hurricanes because they suspect a connection between the baseball program and PED use. It's unclear how MLB will work with Miami during the investigation. HGH was found at the apartment of infielder Frank Ratcliff (pictured) in 2010, and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins was recently connected to Biogenesis.

Several big-name big-leaguers were connected to PEDs and Biogenesis in a Miami New Times report late last month, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal. All of the players in the report have South Florida ties, including former Hurricanes Braun and Grandal. A-Rod donated nearly $4 million to the school to renovate its field back in 2003. MLB is investigating the matter, and suspensions could come as a result.

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