The Washington Times - February 22, 2013, 01:16PM

VIERA, Fla. — Two days after the Miami New Times published a report that linked Washington Nationals’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez to a Miami clinic thought to be providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, Gonzalez was drug tested by Major League Baseball. Gonzalez said Friday that he was told by the player’s union that he passed those tests.

A blood test as well as a urine test were administered Jan. 31, with MLB using the “reasonable cause” provision for selecting him at that time, given the report. 

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“Like I said before, I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will,” Gonzalez said Friday. “Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine and both came out negative, like I expected.

“Throughout my entire career, it’s been like that (negative). I look forward to handling this with MLB, putting this behind me and looking forward to the season.”

The test results, combined with the latest report from ESPN that cited two sources as saying that Gonzalez was not sold banned substances from the Biogenesis clinic, have helped to strengthen Gonzalez’s case as innocent in the matter. 

The left-hander is hoping that this will help close the matter so he can move on, but he was not at liberty to say much more than that the tests were clean. It is unclear how close MLB is to completing its investigation, particularly with regard to Gonzalez, but into the Biogenesis clinic altogether as well. 

Gonzalez, who is expected to join Team USA on March 12 in Miami to pitch in the second round of the World Baseball Classic, has addressed the issue on multiple occasions this spring, reiterating his firm denial that he’s never taken PEDs. 

Gonzalez’s father, Max, has admitted to being a patient of Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch’s in an effort to lose weight, but also denied his son’s involvement with Bosch or the clinic.