Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is in Arizona working out with teammates in preparation for the start of spring training next week. I caught up with him this morning as he was changing after his workout and asked him point blank how his name ended up in documents belonging to the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis.
“What can I tell you? I have no idea,” Montero said. “Like I said, I have no clue what happened. I feel like I’m caught in the middle of something and I don’t know why.”
Montero said he has never been a client of the clinic, or of owner Anthony Bosch.
“I don’t even know who he is,” he said. “I’ve never heard of him.”
Until this morning, that is.
That’s when he got a call from his agent telling him his name had popped up in stories linked to the clinic, said to have supplied Alex Rodriguez and other players with performance enhancing drugs.
Montero said he only went to the Miami area to visit family members and has never lived or trained there. He said he knew A-Rod from his time in the Yankees’ farm system but only took verbal advice from him and never bought supplements through him or any teammates.
“He used to give advice on how to be a major league player, how to work hard and do your best at the top level,” Montero said. “So, I listened to him. Of course I listened to him, he’s a great player. Why wouldn’t I listen? We all did.”
When I spoke to Montero about 10:30 a.m. PT, he told me nobody from the Mariners or MLB had contacted him about today’s story as of yet.
Montero said his agent told him he’d try to get to the bottom of the New York Daily News report from this morning.the report mentions that Montero is named in clinic documents, but there is no link between him and any PEDs in the paperwork.
“My agent told me just to relax, to come here and to play baseball,” Montero said. “That’s why I’m here. To play baseball, to improve and to be a starting catcher in the big leagues. I can’t do anything about my name coming up on the Internet. All I can do is play baseball.”