Members of Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs, “60 Minutes” reported Friday.
Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the New York Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation.
In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun and one of Rodriguez’s teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. “60 Minutes” reported that members of Rodriguez’s camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo Sports.
Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, denied the allegations to “60 Minutes.”
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“The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game,” he said in a statement to the show. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”
Speaking before Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Rodriguez claimed the story had been reported four months ago and was not a surprise.
“I spoke to Cervelli this morning. He understands,” Rodriguez said. “We had that conversation. He understands completely that it’s not true.”
Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games through the 2014 season. He is allowed to play until an arbitrator issues a decision, which is not expected until at least November.
“Let’s make one thing clear: The next seven weeks, there’s going to be a very, very bumpy road every day, and expect a story like this, if not longer,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to have to deal with it. When we have the right timing, and the time is appropriate, which is not now, I will tell my story.”
ORIOLES’ PITCHING COACH GOES ON PERSONAL LEAVE
Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, with no timetable for his return.
“It has nothing to do with the job Rick’s doing,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Rick’s doing a good job. It’s just we all have some things in our lives we need to take care of that are more important than this, believe it or not.”
Bullpen coach Billy Castro will take over for Adair, who was Seattle’s pitching coach in 2009-10. Minor league rehab coordinator Scott McGregor will become bullpen coach.
Athletics catcher John Jaso likely will be out another three or four weeks and perhaps for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a concussion. ... Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 39 games because of a broken right wrist. ... Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start because of inflammation around a nerve in his pitching shoulder. ... The Phillies placed left-hander John Lannan on the DL because of left knee tendinosis. ... Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is day to day because of a sprained right knee. ... Former major-league outfielder Chad Curtis faces up to 15 years in prison after a jury in Michigan found him guilty on charges that he inappropriately touched three teenage girls. Curtis, 44, will be sentenced Sept. 26.