According to a Miami New Times' report released on Tuesday, Gio Gonzalez's name was mentioned, alongside those of several other major league players, in the notebooks of Anthony Bosch, a 49-year-old "clinic chief" at a Florida-based anti-aging company called, "Biogenesis." The clinic is believed to have been, "... selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids," before, following a previously established pattern detailed in the Miami New Times' report, "... it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared."
An employee of the company provided what is described in the report as "an extraordinary batch of records" to the New Times, including the personal notebooks believed to belong to Mr. Bosch. According to the Miami New Times' report, they conducted, "Interviews with six customers and two former employees," who corroborated, "the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic's chief."
The Nationals' left-hander was one of nine pro athletes named in the article, though its author, Tim Elfrink, noted that Gonzalez's was a "curious case":
"There's also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez's name appears five times in Bosch's notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, "Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/... and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000." (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)
Gonzalez's father, Max, also appears on Bosch's client lists and is often listed in conjunction with the pitcher. But reached by phone, the Hialeah resident insists his son has had no contact with Bosch.
"My son works very, very hard, and he's as clean as apple pie," the elder Gonzalez says. "I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that's it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I'd be dumb enough to go there?"
As several sources noted, none of the items mentioned in connection to the Nats' starter in yesterday's article were on MLB's banned substance list. Gio Gonzalez, through his his personal (verified) Twitter account @GioGonzalez47) released a statement disputing the information in the report and claiming he'd never met with Mr. Bosch :
I've never used performance enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will ,I've never met or spoken with tony Bosch orused any substance— Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47) January 29, 2013
Provided by him.anything said to the contrary is a lie.— Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47) January 29, 2013
Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo released a statement last night which read simply, "The issue is currently being reviewed by Major League Baseball and it would be inappropriate for the Nationals to comment until that review is completed." Major League Baseball released a statement shortly after the Miami New Times' article was published which said that they were investigating the claims made in the report:
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program..."
Gonzalez has never failed a drug test. His name is mentioned five times in Mr. Bosch's notes according to a follow-up article this afternoon entitled, "The Gio Gonzalez Files: Every Mention Of The Nationals Pitcher in Tony Bosch's Notebook." You can now see photos of the actual notes which have been posted at the Miami New Times, which posted all of the mentions of Alex Rodriguez in the notebooks yesterday. The first image has Gonzalez's name mentioned alongside Texas Rangers' slugger Nelson Cruz and Toronto Blue Jays' outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games last year after he tested positive for testosterone.
In the second Gonzalez's name appears along with his father's. The third image, dated 2/20, shows Gonzalez's name and a comparison of two rows of stats next to a what is said in the article to be a formula for "pink cream" which Yahoo!Sports.com's Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) noted on Twitter this afternoon, is, "a synthetic testosterone." The final two entries in the notebook simply mention Gonzalez's name along with his father's.
Reports this afternoon by both The Washington Post's James Wagner and The Washington Times' Amanda Comak are now noting the Nationals' starter's connection to, "Jimmy Goins, the strength and conditioning coach for the [Miami] Hurricanes baseball team for the past nine seasons," who was mentioned in Tuesday's Miami New Times' report as well:
"Goins is recorded in multiple client lists; in one detailed page dated December 14, 2011, Bosch writes he's selling him Anavar, testosterone, and a Winstrol/B-12 mix and charging him $400 a month. Another, from this past December, includes sales of HGH and testosterone."
Gonzalez posted a photo of himself with Mr. Goins earlier this winter via Instagram, writing that Goins was his, "offseason strength coach." Mr. Goins, through his attorney, denied any wrongdoing or connection to the clinic as reported in a Florida Sun Sentinel article by Michael Casagrande:
"He hasn't done anything wrong either personally or as a representative of the University of Miami," said Fenderson, an attorney specializing in DUI defense with offices in Jacksonville and Coral Gables. "And as far as being on a client list of a certain doctor, any connection of the University of Miami or their baseball program would be purely coincidental."
Neither Gonzalez, the Nationals or Major League Baseball have made any further statements today.
You can view the images alleged to be from Mr. Bosch's notebooks below: