Oh, another Oakland A’s player linked to PEDs. What’s new?
But yes, reliever Jordan Norberto on Tuesday was among five additional baseball players named by an ESPN report to have ties with Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America, the Miami-area clinic at the heart of baseball’s latest fast-developing steroid scandal.
Sources said the players, like those who have been named in previous Biogenesis documents, were on a list as having received performance-enhancing drugs, although the documents are not proof that the players either received or used PEDs.
Former A’s reliever Fautino De Los Santos was also among the five players mentioned in ESPN’s report.
Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Melky Cabrera are among other players who have recently been implicated in the Biogenesis scandal. Former A’s starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has also previously been accused of having ties to the lab, but ESPN’s report absolves Gonzalez of any wrongdoing.
The A’s, Norberto and Norberto’s people aren’t saying much in response to the allegations. From Susan Slusser:
“We have no comment and are communicating with Major League Baseball,” A’s spokesman Bob Rose said via email when asked about Norberto’s name appearing in the report.
Norberto did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His agent, Barry Praver, said via text that he did not represent Norberto last season, when Norberto was with the ACES agency that has had several players connected to the Bosch clinic.
Norberto, a key lefty in the A’s bullpen, went 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 52 innings last season.