Major League Baseball on Friday sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned performance-enhancing drugs to players in violation of their contracts.
The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch. Several other Bosch associates are named in the lawsuit.
MLB contends the clinic’s operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that would violate their contracts, specifically the drug prevention and treatment program that became effective in 2003.
Although it seeks money damages, the lawsuit also could provide MLB a way to investigate Biogenesis and Bosch through depositions of witnesses and subpoenas to obtain documents. MLB was rebuffed in an effort to obtain clinic records from the Miami New Times newspaper, which has published detailed accounts of the alleged drug use by players.
The lawsuit contends that former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who is now signed to play for a team in Taiwan, obtained a prohibited substance from Bosch in 2009 that ultimately resulted in Ramirez’s 50-game suspension by MLB when he was with the Dodgers. It marks the first time MLB has gone on the record saying Ramirez tested positive for the female fertility drug HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin.
Tommy John for Kelly
Padres righthander and former Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm the first week of April, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes confirmed . . . Mets manager Terry Collins said the team plans to put Johan Santana on the disabled list as he works to strengthen his pitching shoulder . . . Arizona outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months with a left elbow sprain, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said . . . the Twins put pitchers Scott Diamond (elbow surgery) and Anthony Swarzak (rib fracture) on the 15-day DL as they continue to recover from injuries.
Chapman will close
The Reds said closer Aroldis Chapman will remain in that role and that Johnny Cueto will start on Opening Day at home against the Angels on April 1. Later Friday, Cincinnati scored three runs in the ninth to overcome the Dodgers, 6-5, in Phoenix . . . In Clearwater, Fla., Darin Ruf hit a walkoff homer with two outs in the ninth, lifting Philadelphia to a 7-6 victory over Atlanta. After the game, Ruf was assigned to Triple A.