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Report: Montero linked to South Florida anti-aging clinic

By Shannon Drayer

A story in this morning's New York Daily News states that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero's name is among those in the records at a South Florida anti-aging clinic which allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

The clinic Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch, became the focus of a MLB investigation after the Miami News Times reported that the names of several MLB players were included in records of PED sales from the clinic.

Other names surfaced Tuesday night with Yahoo! Sports reporting Ryan Braun, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli as the latest players linked to the clinic. All three have made statements denying PED use, with Valencia denying any association with the clinic or anyone connected with it.

Montero has told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times who caught up with him at the spring training complex in Peoria Arizona that he had never been a client of the clinic.

Seth Levinson of the ACES Sports Management Group which represents Montero and others who have been associated with the clinic issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that claims that neither he nor anyone else at ACES "have ever met or even heard of Anthony Bosch until the recent news stories, nor does anyone have any knowledge of or connection to Biogenesis."

The Mariners have issued the following response to the report:

"The Seattle Mariners strongly support Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and are disappointed any time we hear of any players potentially involved with banned substances.

"We are aware of the report which appeared today in the New York Daily News and have been in contact with Major League Baseball to discuss it.

"This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner's Office. At this time, with no additional information, we will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded, and all other questions should be directed to Major League Baseball."

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