Norberto has 'no comment' about Biogenesis report

Norberto has 'no comment' about Biogenesis report
February 20, 2013, 10:30 am
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Jordan Norberto was 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 2012. (AP)

PHOENIX -- The list keeps getting bigger. More names were leaked from the records of the Florida-based clinic called Biogenesis. Oakland Athletics pitcher Jordan Norberto was one of the five players included in the latest batch of names.

On Wednesday, Norberto carried about his business in the clubhouse as if nothing was different. When approached, he told me he had no comment about the ESPN report. He said he is doing OK, and didn't want to talk about whether or not players on the lists have been proven innocent or guilty.

In an email, A's public relations director Bob Rose said, “We have no comment and are communicating with Major League Baseball.”

In addition to Norberto, former A's pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who was claimed off waivers by San Diego, Padres shortstop Evereth Cabrera, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, and Mets prospect Cesar Puello were cited in the report.

The clinic, which sold both legal and banned substances, is now closed.

Norberto was 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 2012 with the A's. He was a very valuable part of the A's bullpen because of his versatility. He threw more than one inning in 19 of his 39 appearances last season, and even earned a save.

The A's have been careful with Norberto this spring because he went on the DL twice last season with left shoulder problems. Norberto says he is fully healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the A's crowded bullpen.

"The trainers have given him a go and he's felt good," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "At this point and time there really aren't any limitations."

Bartolo Colon, who has five games left on his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension, was one of the names listed in the Biogenesis reports. Former A's pitcher Gio Gonzalez' name has also surfaced in the reports, but he has since been cleared of wrongdoing.

National League MVP Ryan Braun, three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez, and Melky Cabrera were also listed in the clinic's documents.

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