One thing you haven’t really heard in the steroid era of Major League Baseball are Tigers being linked to PEDs. Sure Alex Sanchez was one of the first suspended under the League’s new zero tolerance policy but who remembers former Tigers leadoff man and centerfielder Alex Sanchez who was the master of the two strike bunt?
However MLB’s latest investigation into performance enhancing drugs centered on a clinic in Coral Gables, Florida has surfaced some pretty high profile names including Alex Rodriguez (again), Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers?
Yeah Tigers fans you heard that right, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been named in some documents of Tony Bosch, the director of the Biogenesis wellness clinic in question according to SI.com.
Peralta brings to 12 the number of baseball players connected to Bosch’s notes, and adds to one of the two threads that have emerged in the Biogenesis case: Peralta is the fifth client of the ACES agency of Seth and Sam Levinson and with an association with Juan Nunez, a former runner for the agency, to be connected to clinic records.
However, Peralta isn’t directly linked to PEDs according to the reports and according to his attorney Barry Boss the Tigers infielder denies ever using PEDs (via the Associated Press and USA Today):
“I have never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.”
The 30-year-old Peralta hit .239 with 13 home runs for Detroit in 2013 and turned out some big plays in the ALCS against the Yankees.