PEORIA, Ariz. — Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero said Wednesday he has "no clue" 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."
The Seattle Times interviewed Montero at the Mariners' spring-training complex in Peoria, where he is working out with teammates in preparation for the start of spring training next week.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Montero is named in records from Biogenesis, said to be a haven for those wanting to acquire performance-enhancing drugs.
The clinic, run by Anthony Bosch, has since been shuttered. But it's been the focus of increased investigation from MLB and federal officials the past week-plus, since a report in the Miami New Times linked it as a supply point for PEDs given to Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and other players. Montero said he has never been a client of the clinic, or of Bosch.
"I don't even know who he is," he said. "I've never heard of him."
Until Wednesday morning, that is.
That's when Montero got a call from his agent telling him his name had popped up in stories linked to the clinic.
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 of Rodriguez. "So, I listened to him. Of course I listened to him, he's a great player. Why wouldn't I listen? We all did."
Pat Courtney, a spokesman for MLB, said: "We do have an ongoing investigation in South Florida, and any names connected will be vigorously investigated."
The Mariners said they were aware of the report, but had no comment until an investigation is concluded.
The Mariners apparently were told that Montero's name appeared in clinic documents, in a letter sent to them by the Miami New Times seeking comment before publication of their original article. The New Times article had no mention of Montero. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik declined to comment when asked if he had received the letter.
Montero said his agent told him he'd try to get to the bottom of the New York Daily News report. 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."