A day after ESPN reported that up to 20 players, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, could be suspended for using performance-enhancing substances, there was another report that indicated Major League Baseball was cloce to a deal with its informant in the case.
Anthony Bosch, the head of the now-shuttered south Florida wellness clinic Biogenesis that allegedly supplied the drugs, will soon testify about his connection with the players who were clients, according to USA Today.
Jim Axelrod of CBS News cited a league executive in a report that “as many as 25 players, including some big names that previously have not surfaced in connection to the clinic” could be implicated.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was among those who reacted to the story that broke Tuesday night. One of the prominently named players is the Yankees’ Rodriguez, who is currently on the disabled list recovering from offseason hip surgery.
“I have not talked to him,” Girardi said of Rodriguez. “When I talk to him, it’ll strictly be baseball stuff like it always has been.”
In discussing the case, Girardi chose to look at the big picture.
“I think the game is always bigger than one individuals, 10 individuals or a hundred individuals, a thousand individuals,” Girardi said. “This is a game and I love this game and I want what’s best for this game and I think baseball’s trying to do that as well.
”Unfortunately, there’s some things that you go through in all sports that sometimes is not what’s best for the sport, but you’re going to get through it because it’s bigger than a hundred players, it’s bigger than a thousand players. This game has a long history and it’s a great game and it will continue to be a great game.
“My concern is about the game and the game being clean and the game just being good. I hoped that we were through it, but obviously maybe we’re not. But we’ll let MLB handle it. We’ll cross that bridge. This is in MLB’s hands and for me to speculate doesn’t make a lot of sense.”