By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – Most nights when a hitter goes three for five with two runs scored, he gets only positive questions after the game. For the Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, that was not the case Tuesday.
While the Tigers blasted the Tampa Bay Rays 10-1, ESPN broke a story that MLB is seeking to suspend at least 20 players for using performance-enhancing drugs now that it has the cooperation of Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, the clinic from which he is alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs.
Peralta is rumored to be on the list of implicated players.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland had no comment, and Peralta responded in kind.
“I don’t have no comment for that right now,” Peralta said. “[I’m] playing baseball right now and I’m focused to play what I play.”
In February, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reported that Peralta’s name was found in Bosch’s records but that Peralta did not appear to be tied to performance-enhancing drugs. In response, Peralta issued a statement through his lawyer Barry Boss that he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs and that anyone who claimed he had was lying.
Neither Boss nor Peralta’s agent Sam Levinson could be reached for comment.
The Levinson brothers, Sam and Seth, head the ACES baseball agency and, according to CBS Sports, were recently under investigation themselves by MLB to discover whether they facilitated steroid use by players they represent, including Melky Cabrera, who served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone last year.
Seth Levinson issued a statement at the time saying, “The allegations against us have no merit and are utterly baseless.”