Florida Prosecutors Probe Clinic at Center of MLB Controversy

The probe involves potential violations of state law, a spokesman for State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 7:05 AM CDT
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State prosecutors in Miami-Dade County have launched an investigation into the now-closed clinic at the center of Major League Baseball's latest substance abuse controversy.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, would not characterize the scope of the probe, but said Monday that it involved potential violations of state law.

"A subpoena was issued for documents, and we are looking into several areas of state interest," Griffith said.

Existence of the state prosecutors' criminal subpoena was disclosed at a recent hearing in MLB's lawsuit in Miami against Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic formerly located in Coral Gables. That suit is also pending in Miami-Dade County court. It's not known whom the subpoena targeted or what specific documents are being sought.

MLB sued the clinic and its former chief, Anthony Bosch, claiming it helped players such as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and others violate contract provisions against performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez was among 14 players penalized by MLB this year following the sport's investigation of Biogenesis.

The New York Yankees third baseman and Bosch both appeared at a hearing in New York Monday, as the grievance to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension began before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Rodriguez was wearing a business suit and accompanied by lawyers when he arrived for the session at MLB’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

A three-time American League MVP, Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Because he's a first offender under the drug program and the players' association filed a grievance to force an appeal, a suspension can't start until it is upheld by an arbitrator.

The union argues the discipline is without just cause and is excessive. If the case doesn't settle, a decision by Horowitz is expected this winter.

The other players penalized by baseball accepted their penalties, including former National League MVP Braun, who missed the season’s final 65 games.

Bosch was at the hearing to testify – a publicist released a photo of him in a hallway outside MLB's conference rooms.

A federal probe involves the sources of drugs the clinic is accused of selling to players.

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