Tuesday, February 19, 2013
OTL: Mets' Puello, F-Mart linked to lab
By Adam Rubin
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello as well as ex-Met Fernando Martinez have been linked to Biogenesis, according to ESPN's "Outside The Lines." Write Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn:
Five more professional baseball players have connections to a South Florida clinic at the heart of a widening doping scandal, according to documents obtained by "Outside the Lines."
The new players listed in documents from the Biogenesis of America clinic run by Anthony Bosch: San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, 26, the reigning National League stolen base champion; Jordan Norberto, 26, a lefty reliever with the Oakland A's; Fernando Martinez, 24, a Houston Astros outfielder; Fautino De Los Santos, 27, a reliever claimed off waivers by the Padres, and Cesar Puello, 21, a top Mets outfield prospect.
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.
Puello is in major league camp with the Mets. He hit .260 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie last season.
The Mets issued a statement Tuesday night that read: "Because of the ongoing investigation, we have no comment. We refer all questions to Major League Baseball."