Baseball: Braun, Cabrera say little on latest doping links

Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera are cooperating with a Major League Baseball investigation into a Florida clinic and banned substances.

But other than that, neither player is saying much about his links to the Biogenesis clinic near Miami that allegedly supplied players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, with performance-ehnancing drugs.

Both men have been involved with major league doping violations, with Braun having his overturned on appeal and Cabrera serving a 50-game suspension that kept him from helping San Francisco's playoff run to a World Series title.

Cabrera, a 28-year-old Dominican, was linked to the clinic in a Miami New Times story last month based on records obtained from a former clinic worker.

"I am aware that in the past weeks, there have been news articles written about so-called patient files from a Miami clinic, and the MLB and others are investigating those allegations," Cabrera said in a statement.

"I have told MLB I will cooperate in their investigation the best I can, just as my legal counsel has told federal investigators. I have been instructed by legal counsel not to answer questions relating to the pending investigations."

Cabrera joined the Blue Jays after playing for World Series champion San Francisco last season but being dropped from the playoff roster after being banned for 50 games last August for a doping violation.

Cabrera was last year's All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and led the National League in batting at .346 with 11 home runs and 60 runs batted in over 113 games before being hit with the ban.

"Last season ended for me when I admitted taking a banned substance and accepted and served my punishment of a 50-game suspension," Cabrera said.

"Since that day, my goals have been to serve my punishment and to put that mistake behind me, and to work hard to be the best baseball player I can be."

Braun said his ties to clinic owner Tony Bosch, first reported last week by Yahoo! Sports, stem from his successful appeal of a positive doping test last year when an arbitrator ruled his urine sample had not been properly handled.

"My attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Braun said last week.

"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list.

"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch."

But on Friday, ESPN reported that Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, was named on a list of players who received banned substances from the clinic.

"I made a statement last week. I stand behind that statement," Braun said. "I'm not going to address that issue any further. As I stated, I'm happy to cooperate fully with any investigation into this matter."