For nearly two years Alex Rodriguez denied ever using performance enhancing drugs. That all changed in January while speaking to the Drug Enforcement Administration reports the Miami Herald.
Yes, he bought performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, paying roughly $12,000 a month to Anthony Bosch, the fake doctor who owned the clinic. Yes, Bosch gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections into the ballplayer’s stomach, and even drew blood from him in the men’s room of a South Beach nightclub. And yes, the ballplayer’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, was his steroid go-fer.
The confession by Rodriguez provided him immunity with the DEA. Rodriguez is said to have told agents that he used “substances prohibited by Major League Baseball” between late 2010 and October 2012 and that Anthony Bosch provided tips for beating the MLB’s drug testing policy.
“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”
Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer “tips on how to beat MLB’s drug testing,” according to the DEA report.
So exactly what was Bosch’s big secret? “Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream.”
Rodriguez’s statements strengthen a case against Bosch and could prove to implicate Sucart – his cousin – as a drug middleman.
Last year Rodriguez sat out the full season on a 162 game ban. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has already said that Rodriguez is expected to be a part of the team in 2015.