Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez Tells Media He Passed Drug Tests Given Two Days After Miami New Times' Report

Patrick McDermott

Washington Nationals' lefty Gio Gonzalez spoke to reporters this morning at the Nats' Spring Training facilities and informed them that he'd been told by the MLBPA that he passed two drug tests administered after his name appeared in a Miami New Times' report on a Coral Gables, FL-based anti-aging clinic that allegedly sold PEDs to pro athletes.

There's another update in the Gio Gonzalez/Miami New Times/Biogenesis story, this time from the 27-year-old pitcher himself, who told reporters this afternoon at the Washington Nationals' Spring Training facilities that he'd been informed by the MLBPA that he had passed both blood and urine tests given in the days after the publication of the explosive Miami New Times' report on the alleged connection between several Miami, Florida-based major leaguers and a Coral Gables, Florida-based anti-aging clinic accused in the report of supplying performance-enhanching drugs to professional athletes. Washington Post writer James Wagner, citing two sources with "knowledge of the situation" reported last week that the Nats' lefty, "... had blood and urine samples taken two days after the New Times report was published on Jan. 29."

Gonzalez told reporters today that he'd received information on the results of those tests. The Washington Times' Amanda Comak published Gonzalez's statement:

"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.'"

"'Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine and both came out negative, like I expected.'" - Gio Gonzalez to reporters in Florida today

An ESPN report earlier this week produced the names of five more major leaguers tied to the Biogenesis clinic by the records from the so-called "anti-aging" clinic. In the course of their investigation, however, ESPN's investigative reporters Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn received information that backed Gonzalez's claims that though his father was a legitimate client, he personally had never received any PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic or its chief, Anthony Bosch:

"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."

The ESPN authors' sources, "speaking independently," said that Gonzalez was, "... the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs." A "computer printout" the ESPN "Outside the Lines" reporters acquired showed that Gonzalez had received "$1,000 worth of substances," none of which were banned by Major League Baseball:

"[Gonzalez] 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."

Major League Baseball has made no comment about their ongoing investigation over the last week as the information about Gio Gonzalez has come out.

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