A Florida police department has completed its investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s probe into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs.
The investigation ended April 11 with charges filed against only a tanning salon employee, who was arrested after police said his DNA was found on a car the documents were stolen out of.
However, the police report said Major League Baseball was given repeated warnings that the records they sought had been stolen and that they were not to purchase them. Still, they did so anyway, the report said. Baseball officials have denied knowingly buying stolen records.
The documents were stolen from Porter Fischer’s car. He took them from Biogenesis, the Miami clinic where he worked. The clinic and its owner, Tony Bosch, reportedly provided drugs to Rodriguez and other major league players.
The Biogenesis scandal led to 14 suspensions last summer. Rodriguez, a three-time MVP, was suspended for the entire 2014 season. He filed two lawsuits against MLB over its investigation but later withdrew them.
The New York Yankees’ injury-plagued rotation has taken another big hit. Struggling left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with inflammation in his right knee.
Sabathia is making $23 million this season, the sixth in a deal that will pay him $161 million over seven years. He is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA, with opponents hitting .301 off him this season.
Clearing the bases
Rangers ace Yu Darvish will get some extra rest before his next start after throwing 126 pitches in another near no-hitter, and Martin Perez is expected to miss at least one start. … The Nationals placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.