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Sources tell ESPN that Anthony Bosch personally injected A-Rod

Feb 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Some new details emerging from the Biogenesis story. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish spoke to a source who claims that Alex Rodriguez got special treatment from the Biogenesis clinic. Owner Anthony Bosch, Quinn and Fish’s source says, would personally go to A-Rod’s Miami home and inject him with HGH.

Bosch and A-Rod have denied everything related to the reports of these past few days, of course. It’s also worth noting that Quinn and Fish’s source tells of a time last year when A-Rod allegedly got mad at Bosch after Bosch “had trouble locating a vein,” despite the fact that HGH injections are not intravenous (Quinn and Fish note this disconnect).

Also of note, no one down in Miami can confirm that the DEA has opened an investigation at all and there is no evidence of an ongoing investigation.  It’s possible that the DEA is just playing it cool and operating with unusual stealthiness.  It’s also possible that, while this is a big story for baseball, the DEA in Miami (or all places) has bigger fish to fry than a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

That part is of some significance. For only the government has subpoena power here. Bud Selig does not.  And if the government is not involved in this, or is not moving particularly quickly, Major League Baseball is unlikely to have more at its disposal than (a) a newspaper report; (b) copies of uncorroborated medical records; and (c) the denials of all the players involved.

If so, could they even suspend these guys on a “just cause” basis pursuant to the Joint Drug Agreement?

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Sources also tell ESPN that both “Harvey” and “The Man In White” are involved.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      of course he injected A-Rod himself, how else would A-Rod swipe his credit card
      to process the payment for PED’s leaving a paper trail for everyone to one day see
      the proof.

      this PED stuff is foolish and boring.

      can’t wait for spring training!

  2. flosox - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    What is with all these users having someone “inject” them? Its just a needle into your ass cheek or leg. Do you really need someone to drive all the way over to your house for a 5 second injection?

    Even more compelling, or ironic, however you want to look at it, is the “injector” usually ends up squealing like this guy did…I guess these guys weren’t ever accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      While I can’t speak for steroids, some injections have to be given intramuscularly which isn’t easy to do yourself as opposed to intravenously.

      • flosox - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Thanks for clarifying…that makes sense.

      • indaburg - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        It’s actually pretty easy to do an intramuscular injection on yourself. The vastus lateralis muscle on the thigh makes a great site for an intramuscular shot.

      • badintent - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        That would explain Michelle Odramas huge shoulders………..but not her bangs

    • brewcitybummer - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      I am really not proud that I am going to sound the conspiracy theorist here but…

      If Bosch or anyone else was actually responding to texts from A-Rod in the middle of the night to come to his house and give him injections, I would wager they were injecting him with opioids, not PEDs. Opioid withdrawal is awful and takes effect about 4 hours after last use. Pro athletes are vulnerable to it given the number of surgeries they go through and the frequency of being prescribed prescription opioids. This would not be the first instance of a wealthy person having a personal drug dealer administering their drug. Maybe A-Rod was just hooked on painkillers

  3. knowlegeforyou - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I wonder why this would even be admissible in a court. If I go to the doctor and test positive for Marijuana does it make it ok for an employee of that doctors office to pass that info to the DEA. Does it then give them the right to take the illegally obtained medical records and come to my house for a search? Why is this even a story?

  4. cur68 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Is there anyone with an actual NAME saying this stuff? Are they interviewing hobos or something? I can’t shake the feeling that this is all bogus. That stems from the fact the this whole thing is being carried on like a Jr. High School romance. We got the handwritten notes. We got the unnamed sources. We got the denials. We got the inaccurate details. We got dates that don’t match up. We got aggrandizing statements written about himself by one of the principal participants (ARod’s SURE to like you now, Anthony! You’ve written such glowing reports about yourself!). We got fathers and sons involved. We got nicknames. We got slander. We got sides being taken. We got principal Skinner, oopsImeanSelig, involved. What’s next? A made up girl friend? Will Manti Te’o’s name to crop up, too? Jeez

    • natslady - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      No, no names. No sign-in sheets, no invoices, no phone records, no photographs (even though all these guys are walking around with three cell phones). No positive tests (unless MLB is holding back information).

      A lot of low-lifes (low-lives?) who probably tried blackmail first. No indication if any of these “sources” were paid by the “newspaper.”

      Did anyone cross-check dates? Where the players even in Miami at the time they are supposed to have received the PEDs?

      • natslady - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        ….WERE the players in Miami…? I also thought of video cameras from surrounding businesses. By the way, why did the clinic close if it was making so much money off these athletes? Where are the records stored?

    • skids003 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I agree cur68. This stuff shouldn’t even be reported. The “vein” comment pretty much proves its a lie. The media shouldn’t be making up this stuff, they just print anything these days.

      • tjp44 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        they are clueless

    • gopherz - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM


    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      I believe the person supplying all of the details on ARod is Nelson Cruz. When confronted with this allegation, Cruz told sports reporters, “well…look! SQUIRREL.” After which point the reporters had nothing left to report.

    • protius - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Interviewing hobos……….LMAO.

  5. bh192012 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    “If so, could they even suspend these guys on a “just cause” basis pursuant to the Joint Drug Agreement?”

    As is, I don’t think they have enough. However that doesn’t mean MLB can’t get the same info the newspaper got and more. If they hired private investigators and had enough witnesses, they might be able to get it done without the DEA. They would need enough evidence to keep the MLBPA from bringing a lawsuit though.

    If there is a business near that same property that has video cameras and is willing to give that to investigators without a warrant etc. They could place the players at a place they’re insisting they’ve never been to before. Then if they suspend a guy, and MLBPA brings up a suit, does that give MLB more power to get more evidence? Could THAT make it worse for the player?

  6. jxegh - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Time to set up an interview with Oprah!!!!

  7. okwhitefalcon - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Has there been Hyman Roth siting yet?

  8. deathmonkey41 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I heard that it wasn’t actually A-Rod he injected, but a one-armed man.

  9. thegreatstoneface - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    one word: HIPAA.

    yes, i know that’s not a word.

  10. makeham98 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Is there a beer can safely stored in a pair of worn out shoes that csn be used as evidence? what would macnamee do (wwnd)?

  11. tjp44 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Craig, you story is riddled with BS
    first, GH is injected in the subcutnaeous fat around the stomach thighs etc……not in a vein ever.
    second, he personally drove to his houst to administer? no, it’s done 5-7 days weekly in small amounts, so he drove over every day…doubt it
    if you must jump on the media created roid/GH frenzy, at least get the facts straight

    oh yeah, by the way, these drugs are not illegal with a perscription, it’s called Hormone Replacement therapy(HRT) and it works great and there’s nothing you and all the do -gooders(including MLB,DEA whomever can do about it…..GET OVER IT

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I have no problem Craig-bashing, but did you actually read it?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Haha read? You so crazy!

    • paperlions - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      All prescription drugs are illegal if they are prescribed for non-approved usage or prescribed for patients that don’t have the conditions the doctor cites. In other words, just because a drug is legal with a prescription and a person happens to be a doctor does not mean it is legal for them to prescribe whatever they want, to whomever they way, for whatever the want.

    • byjiminy - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      If you jump on people for jumping on people for not getting their facts straight for not getting their facts straight, you really should get your facts straight.

      You’re doing what you’re accusing him of doing, only you’re wrong, not him.

  12. BigBeachBall - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    “liquid dianabaseball”

  13. geoknows - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    “… he had trouble locating a vein, infuriating the player. The sources did not say why Bosch would have been tapping a vein, as HGH and testosterone do not require intravenous injections. But whatever he was doing, “Tony said A-Rod was pissed at him,” a source said. “He said he was bleeding everywhere.”

    OK, I’m not a doctor. But if they can’t find a vein, you don’t “bleed everywhere.” Sounds to me more like he HIT a vein in error.

    • cackalackyank - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Sounds to me like the whole scenario was made up by someone that doesn’t know **** s**t about injections, especially of HGH or ‘roids.

  14. gbar22 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I agree with a previous poster there is something about this whole story that seems completely off. Like someone threw A-rods name into it because it would be the only way to make it a big national story and potentially 5 years from now turn it into a book deal. Don’t put it past people.

  15. capone888 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Hey, I’m all for bad-mouthing A-Rod. But these past few days have been ridiculous. Let’s report on facts instead of anonymous sources, and assumptions. I won’t go as far as to say innocent until proven guilty (I’m more of a ‘where there is smoke, there’s fire’ type of guy), but have some hard facts before this level of involvement and accuations. You’re no better than the Enquirer.

  16. cspuck7 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Yep, gave him the old HBI

  17. protius - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Is there a way to drag Jeffrey Loria into this?

  18. jdrew506 - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Hey I have a SOURCE that said the Brooklyn bridge is for sale. Anyone want in?

  19. BigBeachBall - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Sources say ur gay… Care to comment?

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