(Geoff caught up with Jesus Montero In Peoria. He has “no clue” how his name got linked to Biogenesis).
The Mariners have the following official response to the New York Daily News story that Jesus Montero is named in the records of Biogenesis, the anti-aging clinic in Florida that has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs:
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.
Here is the response from Pat Courtney, a spokesman for MLB: “We do have an ongoing investigation in South Florida, and any names connected will be vigorously investigated.”
Jamie Appel, the agent with ACES who handles Montero, declined comment this morning.
One other interesting tidbit: The Mariners’ Jesus Montero has a younger brother who is also namedJesus Montero, a catcher in the Cardinals’ farm system. Seattle’s Montero is Jesus Alejandro Montero, while the Cardinals’ player is Jesus Rafael Montero.
“We call him Montero Junior in the office,” Appel told me last January, speaking of the younger brother.