Via the Daily News –
Embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez has had a long relationship with a steroid-linked trainer who’s been banned from major league clubhouses, four independent sources told the Daily News.
Angel Presinal, who was banned from private areas of every MLB ballpark after an October 2001 incident involving an unmarked gym bag full of steroids, has been tight with the Yankee slugger dating back to his time with the Texas Rangers, several sources said.
A former New York-area scout says Presinal, whose named surfaced in the Mitchell Report, was with Rodriguez in New York and Miami as recently as this past fall.
MLB has warned players to stay away from him.
He has been thrown out of clubhouses in Cleveland, Anaheim and Texas.
“He’s an unsavory character,” said a source.
Another source said Presinal accompanied A-Rod for the entire 2007 season, staying in the same hotel as the A.L. MVP, but in a separate room with the “cousin” Rodriguez pegged three days ago as his steroid source from 2001-03.
The cousin was identified Thursday as Yuri Sucart.
The source said Rodriguez avoided being seen in public with Presinal.
“He was around Alex in 2007,” the source said of Presinal. “Every hotel they went to, he stayed in the same room with Yuri. You would never see Alex with [Presinal]. They would meet in one of their rooms.”
Presinal was not around A-Rod and the Yankees during the 2008 season, the source said, but Sucart remained a constant presence around Rodriguez, at home and on the road.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was aware of Presinal’s name but said that the exiled trainer had no official ties to the team.
“He’s never had any association with the Yankees,” Cashman said. “Whether he knows our players or has worked with any of our players, I wouldn’t be able to confirm that.”
A-Rod agent Scott Boras would not comment on his client’s relationship with Presinal, who runs a gym at the Palacio del los Deportes in Santo Domingo. Presinal also did not return multiple calls.
“Several people have warned Alex about this guy,” said a second source.
MLB began monitoring Presinal’s relationships with players after the bag containing five ampules of anabolic steroids, the anabolic drug clenbuterol and hypodermic needles, was seized by the Canadian Border Service Agency in 2001.
Presinal was traveling with the Cleveland Indians, where he was Gonzalez’s personal trainer at the time.
Not the best piece of news for A-Rod today, is it? The question is: Will there be more coming?