With Major League Baseball investigating the Biogenesis clinic and operator Anthony Bosch, the Orioles have now been drawn into the story as third baseman Danny Valencia is listed in the records in a report from Yahoo! Sports.
According to the article, Valencia’s named is not linked to any specific performance enhancing drugs, but his mention will draw scrutiny along with the many others including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Melky Cabrera.
Valencia released a statement Tuesday evening that was passed along by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:
“As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story. I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis, in fact I had never even heard of this company prior to the New Times’ story. I take tremendous pride in the hard work and dedication I put into being a professional baseball player and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career. I look forward to fully cooperating in MLB’s investigation in any way that I can, and will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion.”
The Orioles purchased his contract from the Boston Red Sox in late November.
Last season, Valencia hit .188 with three home runs and 21 runs batted in in 154 at-bats with the Minnesota Twins and Boston. He will be a candidate to platoon at the designated hitter spot with Wilson Betemit.