The statement denies the accusations levied by Rodriguez in the lawsuit while charging him with using testosterone, human growth hormone and attempting a cover-up:
"While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the Basic Agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation."
Rodriguez's lawsuit alleges that the league is paying $5 million to Bosch for his cooperation in baseball's case against Rodriguez. Bosch is the former owner of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis which provided PED's to a number of baseball players.
MLB and Rodriguez are currently engaged in a hearing regarding the third baseman's 211-game suspension independent of the lawsuit. Bosch has been validating the league's evidence in the hearing, and was placed under cross-examination Thursday.
Rodriguez and his attorneys may file more lawsuits in the coming weeks. A source told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that a lawsuit filed against Yankees physician Chris Ahmad is still forthcoming.