MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers slugger accused of using PEDs?

By Marian Hinton
Tim Heltman: USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, a report from the Miami New Times named Texas Rangers slugger and outfielder Nelson Cruz in a group of professional athletes who had purchased products from a clinic in Florida that specializes in the distribution of anabolic steroids and Human Growth Hormone.

Though the anti-aging clinic based in Miami is now closed, the article states that several MLB  players were known to have purchased products through them over the past several years, including Melkey Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Bartolo Colon in addition to Cruz.

While Cruz has never failed an MLB-administered drug test, Cabrera and Colon have both been suspended in the past for violating the league’s drug policy, and A-Rod previously admitted to using steroids during his stint in Texas.

Cruz, a key part of the Texas Rangers’ rise to the top of the American League and consecutive trips to the World Series, has hit 130 home runs in his eight-year MLB career, and has never before been linked with reports of possible PEDs use. He’s been with the Rangers ball club since 2006, and he is expected to be an integral part of a Rangers team that lost a lot of firepower in its lineup over the off-season.

Sadly, the use of performance enhancing drugs is slowly destroying professional sports, and it’s difficult to trust who is playing fairly and who is cheating to get ahead.

It’s important to remember, however, that Cruz has not been found guilty of anything at this time. The Rangers are expected to issue a statement in response to this report later this morning.


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