Major league baseball is looking into New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez's relationship with his steroid-supplying cousin Yuri Sucart after the admitted drug mule was spotted at the team's San Francisco hotel during the Yankees series against the Oakland A's.
Like bedbugs and Katie Couric, Sucart isn't easy to get rid of.
According to a team source, Sucart was seen at the St. Regis Hotel Tuesday night during the Yankees two-game series across the bay. Sucart has been banned by the Yankees from any team-related activities after Rodriguez admitted that his cousin supplied and injected him with performance-enhancing drugs while he was with the Texas Rangers in 2001-3.
Sucart was Rodriguez's constant companion during A-Rod's playing days with the Rangers, the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees. He was banished, by the Yankees in 2009, from any Yankees team flights, stadiums or training facilities where the team was located. Unofficially, Sucart's banishment does not apply to team hotels or sitting in the stands as a spectator.
After a 2009 Sports Illustrated story reported that Rodriguez tested positive during a 2003 drug test, he confessed how Sucart would pick up the steroids (or "boli" as it is sometimes called) in the Dominican Republic and inject the drug into both him and his cousin when he played for the Rangers in 2001-3.
Since 2003, Major League Baseball has had it's own ban on personal trainers and managers who are not affiliated with the teams and is once again looking into A-Rod's questionable relationship with Sucart.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman had no comment on the allegations, but can't be too happy about his star player bringing another distraction to the team. MLB is already interested in the miraculous "stem-cell procedure" that has revived Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon's arm.
The 48 year-old Sucart has seen better times since his Yankee banishment. He is in foreclosure on several real estate properties according to his lawyer and feels he took the rap for A-Rod's misdeeds.
"Everybody wants a scapegoat," the dejected Sucart once said.
Maybe that's a step up from being a mule.