|Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is among the latest names to be linked to the Biogensis clinic. (Getty Images)|
ESPN.com's T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish, citing documents procured by Outside the Lines, add five names to the list of ballplayers linked to Anthony Bosch's controversial Biogenesis clinic.
Those names are Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera , Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, A's reliever Jordan Norberto, Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos and Mets prospect Cesar Puello. Here's the heart of the matter regarding these five players:
Sources said the players, like those who have been named in previous Biogenesis documents, were on a list as having received performance-enhancing drugs, although the documents are not proof that the players either received or used PEDs.
According to two sources familiar with Bosch's operation, however, the Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, previously identified as being named in Biogenesis documents, did not receive banned substances from Bosch or the clinic.
Gonzalez has strongly denied that he's ever "met or spoken with" Bosch or "used any substance." Gonzalez's father admitted to being a patient at Biogenesis, but Gonzalez insisted that was his only link to the clinic. The ESPN piece doesn't validate Gonzalez's claims to that extent, however, as the documents Quinn and Fish reference list Gonzalez as having received $1,000 worth of substances, just not banned substances.
That original New Times report, of course, linked a number of current major leaguers to Bosch, who is alleged to have been a prominent distributor of PEDs in South Florida. Among other names, Alex Rodriguez , Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz have been named in Bosch's clinical documents.
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