A new batch of names has been released linked with the embattled anti-aging clinic Biogeneis. Among the new names is New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is entering spring training battling for the job of starting catcher.
Cervelli’s name appears on the same document as former MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia. However, it does not necessarily mean Cervelli purchased or used banned substances.
For Braun, this is the second time has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. He reportedly failed a drug test prior to last season, but was able to have his suspension dropped due to a technicality in the testing process. Braun’s name appears next to monetary amounts in the range of $20-30,000.
This is the first time Cervelli’s name has been mentioned and it comes on the heels of Alex Rodriguez being named in the same files. Rodriguez was specifically linked to banned substances, whereas Cervelli has not at this time.
Major League Baseball is currently investigating all of the players linked to Biogenesis and its owner, Anthony Bosch. It is not known at this time whether or not suspensions are forthcoming. Bosch and Biogeneis are under federal investigation for distribution of PEDs.
Cervelli is entering spring training trying to replace Russell Martin, who left via free agency. It is not known at this time what exactly Cervelli might have purchased, taken or when. However, his name appearing in the documents must come as a bit of a surprise for the Yankees, who are still dealing with the fallout from Rodriguez’s name coming up.
Cervelli isn’t exactly someone whose name pops out as a possible user of PEDs. Then again, in this day and age, it shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore with athletes testing positive everywhere.
If MLB decides to hand out suspensions and Cervelli is one of those suspended 50 games, the Yankees will have a serious problem. A suspension of Cervelli would leave Chris Stewart and Austin Romine as the only two catchers on the 40-man roster. That would mean they would have to either sign a catcher or promote Bobby Wilson to the 40-man roster.
The Yankees catching situation wasn’t exactly ideal to begin with. Cervelli’s possible ties to Biogenesis puts the Yankees in an even more difficult situation.