The Washington Times - February 16, 2013, 03:10PM

VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth arrived at Nationals camp on Saturday morning and while the Nationals’ bearded right fielder talked about a number of topics, one of the things he was asked to address was teammate Gio Gonzalez’s link to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

Gonzalez, who has firmly denied any involvement with the clinic and any use of performance-enhancing drugs, is under investigation by major league baseball as they look into the anti-aging clinic and its link to distributing performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers. Gonzalez has cooperated fully with investigators, he said.


So Werth, one of the Nationals’ clubhouse leaders, was asked his opinion on the situation. While he qualified his statement by saying that he doesn’t know too much about it, Werth offered an interesting take.

“I think time will tell,” he said. “I’m assuming it’s being investigated by the league and anyone else that has a computer. Obviously you hope that nothing comes of it and all that. I mean, in my opinion, it doesn’t really seem like the type of guy Gio is.

“I signed in ‘97 so I was in the big leagues for the first time in 2002. When did they start testing for steroids, in ‘04? I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve seen people that you would suspect could be, or may be, or maybe you even know that they are, you know?

“But I don’t really feel like Gio would ever be a guy like that. I could be wrong. I don’t think I am, but that’s probably all I’ve got to say.”

The Nationals have mostly stayed mum, as an organization, on the topic and that’ll likely remain the case until major league baseball’s investigation into the matter is completed.