NEW YORK — Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he used the person who ran the Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball only as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.
“I have nothing to hide,” Braun said in a statement released by his representatives to The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports reported the 2011 NL MVP’s name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.
The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.
Braun said his name was in the Biogenesis records because of an issue over payment to Anthony Bosch, who ran the clinic near Miami.
“There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list,” Braun said.
“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch,” he said. “I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
On Tuesday, MLB officials asked the Miami New Times for the records the alternative newspaper obtained for its story.
Asked specifically about Braun’s name in the documents before the five-time All-Star released his statement, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said:
“Aware of report and are in the midst of an active investigation in South Florida.”
Braun tested positive during the 2011 postseason for elevated testosterone levels. He maintained his innocence and his 50-game suspension was overturned during spring training last year when arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in favor of Braun because of chain of custody issues involving the sample.
ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have thrown his final pitch.
General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won’t pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury
that cost him most of last season. Carpenter did not attend, and Mozeliak said the emotions for the 37-year-old are still too raw.
Retirement isn’t official yet. Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation. But Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him.
“He’s leaving the door slightly open, but it’s unlikely,” Mozeliak said of Carpenter’s return.
Carpenter’s career numbers don’t reflect his value to the team. He is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine in St. Louis. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA.
More telling are his postseason results, including a 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 starts.
Carpenter phoned Mozeliak on Friday and told him that after trying to throw off a mound, the nerve injury was back, this time including numbness in his right arm, even bruising on his shoulder and hand.
“After speaking with him on the phone you certainly get a sense that he’s more concerned about life after baseball,” Mozeliak said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and second baseman-outfielder Kelly Johnson finalized one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.
To clear room on the 40-man roster, infielders Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson were designated for assignment.
Brignac is a former St. Amant High School standout. Brignac appeared in 16 games for the Rays last year, playing second base, third base, shortstop and left field. The 27-year-old spent most of the season at Triple-A. He played part of five seasons with the Rays.
The team announced Tuesday that Farnsworth agreed to a base salary of $1.25 million for this season.
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals agreed to minor league deals with free agent catcher Chris Snyder and right-handed reliever Jeremy Accardo.
The Nationals announced the deals Tuesday. Snyder hit .176 with seven homers for Houston last season.
runs and 24 RBIs last season with Houston.
The 31-year-old Accardo was 0-0 with a 4.82 ERA in 27 games for Cleveland and Oakland last season.
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch to a one-year, $1 million contract.
The 6-foot-11 Rauch had a 3.59 ERA in 73 games with the Mets last season. He was 3-7 with four saves.
Youkilis texts Chamberlain
TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain said he’s received a text message from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past.
When the Yankees played the Red Sox, Chamberlain and Youkilis feuded over inside fastballs. After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees in December, the pitcher left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January that he had not heard back, but said Tuesday he had received a text.
“It’s one of those things where people made it a bigger deal than it was,” Chamberlain said after working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “There’s nothing to it. There’s nothing between us. I’m glad to have him on our side. We’re two grown men. We’re playing on the same team. Our one goal is to win.”
A three-time All-Star, Youkilis takes over at third base from Alex Rodriguez, expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break following hip surgery.
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