A former executive with the Miami-area clinic at the heart of a performance-enhancing drug controversy says that Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez sought out the clinic's founder during last year's playoffs, according to media reports.
Porter Fischer, described in some clinic documents as a former marketing director at Biogenesis of America, told the Miami New Times that clinic founder Anthony Bosch visited a struggling Rodriguez during last year's AL Championship Series.
ESPN's Outside the Lines has reported that Fischer left Biogenesis in September after a falling-out with Bosch.
In other Yankees news, SS Derek Jeter took onfield batting practice at the minor-league complex in Tampa for the first time since being cleared to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.
TOP PICK SIGNS: The Astros have signed Stanford RHP Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in this month's draft. Appel reportedly received a bonus of around $6.35 million.
PEREZ HEARING: Indians closer Chris Perez had his Cleveland court appearance on misdemeanor drug charges moved to July 9.
MANNY FREE: Former major-league All-Star Manny Ramirez left Taiwan's EDA Rhinos after 49 games. Ramirez, 41, reportedly has drawn interest from Japan.
D'BACKS: RH reliever J.J. Putz, out since May 8 with a strained elbow, is set to begin a rehab assignment today at Triple-A Reno.
GIANTS: CF Angel Pagan, out since May 25 with a strained left hamstring, is set to begin a rehab assignment today with Class A San Jose and could be activated this weekend. 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since June 11 with a strained tendon in his left foot, is set to start his rehab Saturday with San Jose.
NATIONALS: 2B Danny Espinosa was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
PADRES: SS Everth Cabrera went on the disabled list with an injured left hamstring.
PHILLIES: 2B Chase Utley, out since May 20 with a strained oblique, was cleared to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Reading.
RED SOX: C David Ross went back on the seven-day concussion disabled list less than a month after rejoining the team.