Major League Baseball is apparently investigating Robinson Cano for potential ties to Biogenesis, the anti-aging clinic suspected of providing PEDs to players, although any links to Cano and the clinic seem very weak at best, according to T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.
Where other players had their names on Biogenesis documents, Cano did not. Instead he has become attached to this entire mess because MLB found the name of Sonia Cruz, the spokeswoman for Cano’s charity foundation, in documents. Her name was on receipts for $300, which is much less than the cost of PEDs, and former Biogenesis employees said was for a weight-loss supplements the company sold.
When we’re talking about a scandal where the evidence damning players like Alex Rodriguez is not great, the evidence to drag Cano into this mess is, at least so far, almost non-existent. It appears that MLB is investigating Cano because Cruz’s name got involved and his best friend, Melky Cabrera, and teammate, A-Rod, are already involved.
Cano obviously denied any connection to the lab before yesterday’s game. Curiously Cruz also denied purchasing anything from them although she did admit to seeking them out initially to discuss their weight-loss regimen, but she says she backed out when she found out pills were involved.
Either way, the connection is weak and until something else comes out, if anything else comes out, we shouldn’t worry about Cano getting suspended or anything. Now that Biogenesis is going around and selling documents it makes the entire thing seem like a company that went out of business is doing whatever it can to make some money and doesn’t mind dragging a few players through the mud to do it.
• Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch last night due to back tightness and it sounds like he’ll miss a couple more games. Youk, who dealt with back problems on and off last season, left mid-game on Saturday and did not play Sunday either. No word on when he’ll be back, but my guess is that it’ll be after the Yankees get off the turf in Tampa. This is certainly an injury to keep an eye on though.
“He threw strikes he threw some really good strikes,” said Girardi. “I was happy with what I saw. I know it’s a long ways away, but for the first time in a simulated game, it was pretty good … His command was much better (than last spring). The ball was coming out of his hand. He wasn’t forcing it today.”
• Minor league right handed reliever Nick Goody is out for the rest of the season after he had elbow surgery. Goody ranked at No. 39 on our preseason top 50 prospects list. He was a good looking prospect who was expected to rise fast through the organization. Now he’ll have to wait a year before pitching again.
• Some good news on the minor league injury front: Ronnier Mustelier is finally rehabbing after suffering a nasty bruise toward the end of Spring Training. Hopefully once he’s back in a week the Yankees consider calling him up in place of Ben Francisco.
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