Yanks C Cervelli says he consulted with Biogenesis

Yanks C Cervelli says he consulted with Biogenesis
February 13, 2013, 9:58 am
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli says he consulted with Biogenesis of America LLC after a foot injury, but did not receive any treatment from the facility.

Cervelli said a recommendation to visit the clinic did not come from another player or an agent. He declined to name the person who gave the recommendation.

``I checked with doctors, people, and somebody recommended me to Biogenesis,'' Cervelli said Wednesday before New York's first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. ``I went there for, maybe, suggestions, and that's it. I walked away with nothing. No (therapy). I just went there, talked, and that's it.''

The Miami New Times reported last month that Cervelli's teammate, Alex Rodriguez, bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables near the three-time AL MVP's offseason home.

Cervelli said he had not talked about Biogenesis with Rodriguez.

``No ... never,'' Cervelli said.

Major League Baseball is investigating the possible link between players and Biogenesis. Cervelli has not been contacted by MLB officials.

``I believe they have an open investigation right now, so I don't have a lot of things to say,'' Cervelli said. ``If they have to come to me, I will be able to talk to them.''

Cervelli sought outside consultations after hurting his foot in 2011.

``Right now, I realize that maybe it's a mistake to go there, but it's already happened,'' Cervelli said. ``So, what can I do?''

Cervelli said he has never used a substance banned by baseball.