New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has not spoken to rehabbing and embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez since ESPN first reported that Anthony Bosch, the founder of the Miami-based Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about a group of players linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun are among the names on the list, along with Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and former Yankee Melky Cabrera. Even when Girardi speaks to Rodriguez, he reiterated it's strictly confined to baseball and his ongoing rehab from hip surgery.
Beyond that, Girardi has washed his hands of any details pertaining to the investigation, which could result in 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez and Braun, and perhaps others.
"I'm not privy to that any of that information," Girardi said. "If you want to find out stuff you're going to have to talk to MLB. That doesn't come through my desk and it doesn't come to me. It's in MLB's hands. My job is to manage the guys in the clubhouse and I'll continue to do that."
Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003 and has repeatedly denied the Biogenesis accusations. A spokeswoman for Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano's foundation was listed in the clinic's documents, according to ESPN, which led to an investigation whether Sonia Cruz was a conduit for Cano. However, ESPN New York reported on Tuesday that the Yankees were told Cano was not in trouble and "not a part of this."
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters on Monday that the team has been "disappointed in him" and have conveyed the message, but it's unclear whether those remarks were in light to MLB's potential breakthrough in the Biogenesis investigation or a coincidence. Nevertheless, if these new allegations prove true, it will be another black mark on A-Rod's once surefire Hall of Fame career, this that will likely lead to irrevocable damage.
Girardi's focus remains on the field and he expressed confidence in his players' ability to block out the distractions.
"Being in New York you're always going to have things that come up, some of it will be speculation and some of it will not, but you deal with it." Girardi said. "You deal with it as time goes on to make sure players focus on the field. I think our guys are really good at doing that.
"My focus on them is doing what I have to do to help them get ready. You try and put them in a good place. Right now it's in Tampa for Alex to get ready and hopefully that will build up to games."
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