No violations for Valencia
Danny Valencia, whose name was reportedly listed among those at the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic, was not a part of Monday’s mass suspensions and has been cleared by Major League Baseball in a league press release.
MLB’s investigation, which announced 12 new 50-game suspensions for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, found no violations by Valencia –who has maintained his innocence throughout the process– or Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
Valencia spoke about the issue publicly just once, when he arrived at Spring Training.
“Basically, I’ve never had any contact with those people,” Valencia said this February. “I’ve never met Tony Bosch, never seen him, never been to that clinic, never heard of that clinic until the New Times story first broke. That being said, I’ve never ever taken a PED in my life, never failed a drug test in my life and I never will.”
Valencia said he was “absolutely shocked” to see his name linked to the no-defunct lab and he called Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to tell him that the report was false.
“I was really upset,” Valencia said. “I was trying to think of how this can possibly be. . . . All I know is my name was on a piece of paper.”