Via The Outside Corner:
Hey, are you sick of the Biogenesis mess yet? Of course not! According to a report from ESPN's Outside The Lines, the latest person to be linked to the controversial south Florida clinic is a woman named Sonia Cruz, who is the spokewoman of Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano's foundation.
Cruz denies ever receiving anything from the clinic and claims that Cano also never received anything. Of course, this isn't stopping people from connecting dots that really aren't meant to be connected. From the OTL piece:
Cano has denied knowing clinic founder Tony Bosch or having ever used performance-enhancing drugs. But as his best friend, Melky Cabrera, his mentor, Alex Rodriguez, and now his spokeswoman have all been connected to clinic documents, MLB wants to know whether any relationship between Cano and the clinic exists.
Cruz, 31, says she was never a client of the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, but records obtained by "Outside The Lines" list her as owing $300 in both July and August of last year. The records indicate that she paid the full balance in July, but the August records do not mention any payment.
Two former Bosch associates said the $300 monthly tab was consistent with a weight-loss regimen, not performance-enhancing drugs.
"I met with a nurse who works for the clinic, but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women," she said. "I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutritional thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff."
Cruz said she was introduced to the nurse "by another person" and said she never followed up to find out what sort of pills the nurse was recommending. She said she could not remember the nurse's name.
A man described by several sources as Cruz's boyfriend, Orlando Dager, is also listed as a client in the July and August records. He is listed as having owed $300 each month but having paid $100 and $150. Dager could not be reached for comment, and Cruz declined to describe their relationship or anything about him.
So let's get this straight. Cano is being linked to the clinic because someone who works for his foundation was listed as owing money to Biogenesis. That employee has a completely logical story, and the payments were just over a two-month period in the middle of the season. It'll be interesting to see if the accusations toward Cano fade like they did with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, whose father's name was mentioned in Anthony Bosch's notebooks. But the elder Gonzalez trotted out the same "weight loss" excuse that Cruz is, and that was apaprently suitable enough for people to drop it.
I think it's extremely sloppy for ESPN to try to shame Cano just by tying him to Cabrera and Rodriguez, with no evidence aside from his foundation's spokeswoman's name tied to Biogenesis. This isn't a Yuri Sucart situation, where Cruz is a well-known advisor to Cano and has a history of impropriety. There is potential for this to spin out of control pretty quickly.