Orioles infielder Danny Valencia has denied any use of performance-enhancing drugs after a report from Yahoo Sports linked him with a Miami clinic that distributed them to major league players.
Valencia, who the Orioles obtained in November from Boston, is not linked with PEDs that were distributed by a Miami clinic, Biogenesis. Several other players including Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, New York’s Alex Rodriguez and Toronto’s Melky Cabrera were reported to have received PEDs by a Miami newspaper.
Valencia and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli were on a list of players treated at the clinic. In a statement sent to ESPN.com on Thursday night, Valencia denied use of PEDs.
"As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story," Valencia said in the statement.
"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."
Valencia is scheduled to report to spring training on Feb. 15 and will no doubt have to answer questions about Biogenesis.