Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, reacted Thursday to reports attributed to anonymous sources that as many as 20 players could face suspensions after the All-Star break for being linked to the now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic.
ESPN and the New York Daily News reported this week that Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez were among the players who could be disciplined. At the time, Rodriguez had not yet been interviewed by Major League Baseball investigators.
"The leaking of confidential information to members of the media interferes with the thoroughness and credibility of the Biogenesis investigation," Weiner said in a statement before following up to clarify it was not pointing fingers at MLB, but rather, at any number of parties involved in the matter. "These repeated leaks threaten to harm the integrity of the Joint Drug Agreement and call into question the required level of confidentiality needed to operate a successful prevention program.
"The players want a clean game and they demand a testing program that is not only the toughest in professional sports, but one that guarantees each player due-process rights accompanied by strict confidentiality provisions.
"As I stated last month, the Players Association remains in contact with the Commissioner's Office regarding the investigation and they continue to assure us that no decisions regarding discipline will be made until the investigation is complete. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged the results of the investigation based on unsubstantiated leaks that are a clear violation of the JDA."
The Players Association later issued the addendum, saying, in part:
"The MLBPA has no information about the source of the leaks and we have no information that indicates MLB is the source," it read in part.
"The intention of Michael Weiner's statement was only to lament the fact that the leaks had occurred and to encourage the media and the public not to rush to judgment."
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.