Bosch says he injected A-Rod with PEDs

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Updated: 1/12 10:08 pm

(SportsNetwork.com) - The owner of the anti-aging clinic at the center of Alex Rodriguez's 162-game suspension said he personally injected the New York Yankees slugger with performance-enhancing drugs banned by Major League Baseball.

"Alex is scared of needles, so at times he would ask me to inject," Anthony Bosch told CBS anchor Scott Pelley during an interview broadcast Sunday on "60 Minutes."

Rodriguez had his record 211-game suspension for PED use reduced to one full season by MLB on Saturday.

Bosch, who founded the Biogenesis clinic, said he first met with Rodriguez in August of 2010, five days after the three-time AL MVP slugged his 600th home run, and that Rodriguez was intent on becoming the only member of the 800 home runs club.

Bosch discussed the elaborate drug schedule he said he and Rodriguez kept throughout their relationship and claimed he was paid $12,000 a month for his services.

He said he provided Rodriguez with at least six drugs on MLB's banned substance list and described Rodriguez's use of "gummies," which he said the Yankees third baseman would take before the game or sometimes in the dugout.

"They are so small that you could literally, while sitting in the dugout, take it, put it in your mouth and people are going to think it's sunflower seeds," Bosch said.

"60 Minutes" said it obtained text messages between Bosch and Rodriguez outlining their plans for when to take certain substances.

Bosch said he gave Rodriguez, who has never failed a drug test, pointers on how to beat urine tests.

The MLBPA released a statement Sunday speaking out against the airing of the segment.

"It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator's decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez," the statement said.

"It is equally troubling that the MLB-appointed panel arbitrator will himself be appearing in the '60 Minutes' segment, and that Tony Bosch, MLB's principal witness, is appearing on the program with MLB's blessing."

Major League Baseball issued its own statement about the appearance, saying Bosch "is not controlled by us and is entitled to speak however he chooses about his interactions with Mr. Rodriguez."

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