MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The performance-enhancing drug scandal that includes Major League Baseball stars Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and others may be about to take another dramatic turn.
According to TMZ, Major League Baseball investigators are set to meet with Porter Fischer this week. Fischer, according to multiple reports, said he can prove that players like A-Rod and Braun bought PED’s from the Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables.
The clinic, run at the time by Anthony Bosch, has been linked by published reports from the Miami New Times, ESPN, and others to providing PED’s to A-Rod. The Miami New Times originally broke the story on Biogenesis’ alleged role in providing PED’s to Major League Baseball players.
Ever since the New Times broke the story, Major League Baseball has been in pursuit of both Bosch and any other employee who might have enough information for MLB to impose suspensions on stars including A-Rod.
According to TMZ, Fischer, an ex-Biogenesis employee, will meet with MLB this week and turn over his records from the Biogenesis clinic. Fischer has claimed in the past that he has information on up to 100 baseball players’ involvement with Biogenesis, according to TMZ.
A-Rod was just cleared this week to return to the field in his rehab from hip surgery in the offseason. Rodriguez has yet to play for the Yankees this season and the Yankees would probably rather A-Rod never play again for the team if possible.
If Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball, or banned for life, and he was not able to return to the team, the Yankees could seek other ways to pay off his large contract.
TMZ reported that Fischer’s meeting with MLB was put together by his attorney, Ray Rafool, and that Fischer will be paid consultant fees by MLB in exchange for his cooperation in the investigation into Biogenesis.
Still, even if Fischer has everything that he’s claimed, MLB will be very careful not to move too quickly in hopes that any suspensions handed down will have the ability to withstand a near-certain challenge from the Major League Baseball Player’s Association.