After an investigation by Puerto Rico's U.S. Attorney's Office, Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez has been linked to the case of drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vazquez, better known as "Angelo Millones."
According to evidence presented in court, several of Ayala Vazquez’s properties appear under Hernandez’s name, including a Lamborghini, a Porsche, an Aston Martin and a warehouse in Bayamn, P.R., that houses a recording studio, a mechanical shop, a barbershop and a gym.
“To be fair, the fact is that he has not been formally charged with anything,” said a source from Puerto Rico who would not reveal his identity. “But his name has come up in the investigation together with the names of others, including show business people, who are linked to Ayala Vazquez.”
At a news conference in San Juan, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said staffers from the office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig would travel to Puerto Rico in a couple of weeks to examine possible evidence against the pitcher, a native of Cuba, and to verify if any of the sport’s behavior codes have been broken.
John Blundell, a Major League Baseball spokesman, confirmed to El Nuevo Herald that the organization is closely following the details of the case, but said there would not be a statement nor measures taken until the issue is evaluated.
Vazquez Ayala was arrested after a seven-year investigation and was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs in Puerto Rico. According to the source, Hernandez’s name came up on various occasions when reviewing the properties linked to the drug trafficker.
MLB says it’s looking into any rules White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might have violated by using Twitter to make derogatory comments about an umpire after his ejection.
Guillen was tossed Wednesday night for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Todd Tichenor in the first inning of Chicago’s game at Yankee Stadium. He then turned to Twitter to say the ejection was pathetic and it would cost him a pricey fine.
Baseball has rules regarding social media and the use of electronic communicating devices.
The Phillies put right-hander Joe Blanton, the team’s fifth starter, on the 15-day disabled list with an impingement in his elbow. The Giants put infielder Mark DeRosa on the 15-day DL because of left-wrist inflammation. Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. Rangers reliever Darren O’Day, already on the 60-day DL, had surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip. He’ll be on crutches for a week and then begin rehab.