Oct 28, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstopJhonny Peralta
is unable to throw out San Francisco Giants shortstopBrandon Crawford
(not pictured) on an infield single in the third inning during game four of the 2012 World Series at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
According to SI’s Tom Verducci, Detroit Tigers’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta is the latest player to have his name found in records of Tony Bosch’s Florida Biogenesis clinic.
"Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is named in the records of Tony Bosch, the director of the Biogenesis wellness clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., that is the target of an MLB investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources familiar with the records…Peralta does not appear to be directly tied to PEDs in the records, as was also the case with Montero. The Levinsons referred comment to an attorney for Peralta, Barry Boss, who released this statement on behalf of Peralta: “I have never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.”"
Major League Baseball is investigating the clinic and the claims in the records, but I doubt we’ll find out much more anytime soon. Peralta has never been reported to have failed a drug test as far as I know, but the unfortunate climate around the sport at the present time is that suspicion equals guilt.
Peralta, a player looking to have a bounce back season, probably doesn’t need a distraction of this magnitude, but talk and questions are going to follow him until this “scandal” is settled. Which is probably going to be never.
It was previously reported that Peralta had lost 18 pounds this offseason — weight loss not typically being thought of as the primary goal of steroids or growth hormones.