Having twice denied any sort of illicit connection to Biogenesis, Francisco Cervelli has reportedly accepted a 50-game suspension because of his ties to the notorious Miami clinic.
Cervelli was not mentioned in the Miami New Times article that broke open the Biogenesis scandal. His name did not emerge until a week later when Yahoo! Sports reported that Cervelli’s name was listed in Anthony Bosch’s handwritten notes.
Within hours, Cervelli responded on Twitter, acknowledging he’d been to the clinic but denying any wrongdoing.
His statement read: “Following my foot injury in March 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including BioGenesis Clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery. I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball.”
Barely a week later, spring training opened and Cervelli denied getting anything — legal or illegal — from Biogenesis.
“When I got my foot injured in 2011, I checked with doctors and somebody recommended me Biogenesis,” Cervelli said. “I went there for maybe suggestions, and that’s it. I walked away without nothing in my hands. I just went there, talked and that’s it.”
Cervelli said it wasn’t another player — and specifically said it wasn’t Alex Rodriguez — who recommended Biogenesis. He said he received no treatment from the clinic, did not have any associates get anything for him from the clinic, and that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.
“Like I told you guys, somebody recommend me that (clinic),” Cervelli said. “I went there, I asked questions, I walked away with nothing in my hand. Right now, I realize that maybe it was a mistake to go there, but it already happened, so what can I do?”
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