Major League Baseball investigators have uncovered what they believe is evidence that a representative of Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records from a person connected to a South Florida anti-aging clinic suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to major-leaguers, the New York Times reported Friday.
The Associated Press reported that an investor who helped launch the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic had been offering the documents for sale to players and MLB in recent week. The New York Times reported late Thursday that MLB purchased some documents in an effort to link the clinic to the distribution of the drugs in baseball and that one player wanted to buy some in order to destroy them. Friday, the newspaper identified that player as Rodriguez.
A spokesman for Rodriguez denied the accusation.
Dodgers' Grienke hurt in brawl: The Dodgers will be without RHP Zack Greinke for eight weeks after the $147 million pitcher suffered a broken left collarbone in a brawl collision with the Padres' Carlos Quentin, who rushed the mound after being hit by a pitch late Thursday. Major League Baseball suspended Quentin for eight games and Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston Jr. one game for their roles. Both are appealing.
Greinke will have surgery today to have a rod inserted in the collarbone.
He denied hitting Quentin intentionally, as it was a one-run game at the time. He did appear to say something after Quentin took a few steps toward the mound.
"It's a man's game on the field," said Quentin, who later said getting plunked by Greinke in 2008 and 2009 was justification. "Thoughts aren't present when things like this happen."
After the teams were parting, Hairston ran across the field yelling and had to be restrained. Hairston said a Padres player he wouldn't name was making light of the fact Greinke had been injured.
The Dodgers weren't buying Quetin's explanation and mentioned how he crowds the plate. Matt Kemp, among four players ejected, was so angry he confronted Quentin as they left Petco Park. Padres LHP Clayton Richard stepped in, and police and security arrived to break it up.
Indian suspended: RHP Carlos Carrasco was suspended eight games by MLB for hitting New York's Kevin Youkilis with a pitch Tuesday. Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension for a 2011 incident and was ejected from his first appearance since then. He was suspended two years ago for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler and missed last season because of elbow surgery. Cleveland optioned Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. Carrasco's punishment includes a $3,000 fine. He will not start serving the suspension until his recall. He is expected to ask the player's union to appeal.
Blue Jays: RHP Edgar Gonzalez was designated for assignment and sent to Triple A once he cleared waivers, creating room for OF Casper Wells.
Mariners: Newly acquired RHP Aaron Harang will move into the rotation and start Tuesday, sending Blake Beavan to the bullpen.
Marlins: Rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton was a late scratch Friday with a sore left shoulder.
Yankees: LHP Andy Pettitte's next start was pushed back because of back spasms. Phil Hughes will start today against Baltimore, and Hiroki Kuroda will go in Pettitte's spot Sunday. Pettitte should be ready Tuesday or Wednesday.