Rangers’ Cruz Allegedly Purchased PEDs From Miami Clinic
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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – According to a report in the Miami New Times, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz allegedly purchased PEDs from a Miami clinic whose core business was selling human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
The New Times reports that a former employee provided a batch of records and list of clients from Biogenesis, a Miami clinic specializing in anti-aging drugs which closed last month. Cruz, who is nicknamed “Mohamad” in all documents, allegedly purchased more than $4,000 of product in 2012 from Tony Bosch, the clinic’s chief.
The article provided the following details relating to Cruz:
“According to his July 2012 client sheet, Bosch sold $4,000 of product to Nelson Cruz, whom he nicknames “Mohamad.” Cruz, the power-hitting Dominican outfielder for the Texas Rangers, has whacked 130 bombs in his eight-year career without any links to performance-enhancing drugs. Until now. Bosch writes in his 2012 book: “Need to call him, go Thur to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and… and will infuse them in May.””
A troche is a small lozenge which delivers medications by dissolving slowly between the tongue and gums.
According to the report, a number of former customers and employees confirm the content of the documents and the company’s core business.
The Rangers released the following statement in response to the report.
“The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team has no further comment.”
MLB also released a statement.
In 2012, Cruz batted .260, belting 24 home runs and collecting 90 RBIs. Since 2009, Cruz has hit 103 home runs with the Rangers.
Also named in the report are San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colón, tennis player Wayne Odesnik, Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez.
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