Apr 24, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees catcher Fransisco Cervelli is one of 13 Major League Baseball players to accept a 50-game suspension without appeal for for taking performance-enhancing drugs supplied from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic that has since been closed down in Miami run by Anthony Bosch.
Unlike Yankee teammate Alex Rodriguez, Cervelli says he never once considered appealing. In his first interview since the suspension, Cervelli told Newsday that going to the clinic in 2011 was his mistake and his mistake only.
“I talked to my agents my lawyers and that’s what I said. Let’s stand up and that’s it. I don’t want to keep this soap opera going.”
Cervelli’s career has been set back by injuries to say the least. He admitted that his reason for going to the clinic was simple; it offered a “quick fix” from the broken left foot he suffered in March of that season when he was battling for the Yankees’ back-up catcher position.
“I felt so many times in my career a little scared I’m going to lose my job. Every year I have to go to spring training and fight for a job.”, said Cervelli. The timing for his suspension was rather unfortunate, given the fact that he had finally landed the starting spot on the Yankees roster.
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