The inquiry is being coordinated with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which has been focusing on the clinic’s activities for some time.
Fischer previously ridiculed MLB for aligning itself with an alleged drug dealer. Bosch also allegedly injected teenage athletes with steroid “sports concoctions.’’ At least a dozen student athletes are among those listed in the clinic’s records, according to Fischer.
“So baseball is basically saying ‘Hey mom, hey dad, don’t worry about your kid, [Bosch] helped us out with our ballplayers so give him a break,’ ’’ Fischer told the Miami Herald earlier this month.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.
On Friday, CBS News’ 60 Minutes reported on its website that Rodriguez’s inner circle leaked the names of Milwaukee Brewers outfield Ryan Braun and his own teammate, Francisco Cervelli, to the media just days after the story broke in Miami New Times in late January. Rodriguez’s attorney denied the report.
Fischer, 49, an employee who invested $4,000 in Bosch’s clinic, began collecting documents after Bosch stopped paying him and refused to repay his investment.
He gave copies of all the documents to the New Times, which published the story that led to a media storm and the downfall of one of sports’ best ballplayers.
Now that the documents are in the hands of a grand jury, it may put a wrench in MLB’s effort to obtain them.
MLB also subpoenaed Fischer and a judge ordered him to produce the documents as part of its civil lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The suit alleges that various people affiliated with the clinic and players conspired to provide players with banned substances even though they knew it was a violation of MLB rules.
Steroids can be legally prescribed only by a licensed doctor and only for a legitimate medical reason — not for performance enhancement.