MLB NOTEBOOK: MLB believes A-Rod paid for, tried to cover up Miami steroid documents; Dodgers' Greinke out 8 weeks after brawl

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is in more trouble with PEDs.

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is in more trouble with PEDs.

Major League Baseball believes it has evidence that a representative of Alex Rodriguez purchased medical documents from a person connected to the Florida clinic suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to major league players, the New York Times reported Friday.

The Times had previously reported that Major League Baseball had purchased documents from a former employee at the Biogenesis of America clinic in an effort to collect evidence that the clinic had distributed PEDs. The report also stated one player had purchased documents so they could be destroyed. That player was not identified until now.

A spokesman for Rodriguez denied the allegation Friday.

ESPN reported that although the information MLB received regarding Rodriguez seems credible, MLB has no hard evidence to connect the Yankees star to such a purchase.

If Major League Baseball can obtain either physical evidence or sworn statements, Rodriguez could face suspension from baseball and could also face possible criminal charges, according to the ESPN report.

The Miami New Times reported in January that it had obtained medical records from the clinic that tied several players, including Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal, to the use of banned substances like human growth hormone.

More records then emerged that tied other players to the clinic.

BRAWL WITH PADRES LEAVES DODGERS’ GREINKE OUT 8 WEEKS: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will need surgery to repair his broken collarbone and is expected to be out of action eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres rushed the mound and wrestled Greinke to the ground after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night, leading to a benches-clearing brawl. Greinke lowered his left (non-throwing) shoulder into Quentin when Quentin charged toward him, and Greinke’s left shoulder took the brunt of the blow as they collided.

After the game, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp confronted Quentin in an area leading to a parking garage at the stadium to question why he went after Greinke. Security and Padres pitcher Clayton Richard stepped in to break up the nose-to-nose exchange.

Greinke, who signed a six-year deal with the Dodgers in December as a free agent, was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA this season.