VIERA, Fla. — According to a report from ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Gio Gonzalez is the only player who’d been previously identified in documents linked to Biogenesis who did not receive banned substances from the Miami clinic.
The story, from ESPN’s Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn, unearths five more names found in documents believed to be from Biogenesis, “San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, 26; Jordan Norberto, 26, a lefty reliever with the Oakland A’s; Fernando Martinez, 24, a Houston Astros outfielder; Fautino De Los Santos, 27, a reliever claimed off waivers by the Padres, and Cesar Puello, 21, a top Mets outfield prospect.”
But it also appears to support what the Washington Nationals’ left-hander said last week when he felt “very confident” that Major League Baseball’s investigation into the matter would turn out favorably for him.
Gonzalez, whose name surfaced in a Miami New Times report citing documents believed to belong to Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch, reiterated that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.
In the documents the Miami New Times released on their website, the substances clearly linked to Gonzalez were not on baseball’s list of banned substances and there was ambiguity about others.
ESPN cites two sources in corroborating that:
“According to two sources familiar with Bosch’s operation, however, the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, previously identified as being named in Biogenesis documents, did not receive banned substances from Bosch or the clinic.
“Both sources, speaking independently, identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs. A document obtained by “Outside the Lines” bolsters their case: On a computer printout of clients, Gonzalez, identified by the code name “Gladiator,” is said to have received $1,000 worth of substances, but under “notes” are several substances not banned by Major League Baseball: “gluthetyn” (which a source said was a misspelling of glutathione), “IM [intramuscular] shots,” and amino acids.
“Glutathione is an anti-oxidant, and one source said the “IM shots” Gonzalez received were “MICs,” a medically dubious but legal combination of methionine, inositol and choline, often used for weight loss.”
Since the Miami New Times report surfaced, Gonzalez has issued nothing but firm denials. He said he has cooperated fully with MLB investigators and many teammates, while recognizing the sensitivity of the situation, have admitted it seemed very unlike their teammate to be wrapped up in something like this.