WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, a finalist for the Cy Young Award after leading the major leagues in total wins in 2012, is among several major league players whose names have been linked to a medical clinic suspected of dispensing performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.
According to a report by the Miami New Times, the facility, called Biogensis, operated publicly as an anti-aging clinic, but was doubling as a vendor of illegal steroids and other PEDs. The newspaper claims it obtained a detailed list of the clinic's customers and their medical records from a former employee of the clinic before it was shut down last month.
In addition to Gonzalez, the list of players linked to the clinic by the report include New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, and fellow major leaguers Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal.
Cabrera, an early MVP candidate in 2012, was suspended for 50 games early last summer in connection with his link to performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, a perennial all-star with the Yankees, had admitted previous use of PEDs earlier in his career, but claimed to have stopped nearly a decade ago.
Compared with some of the other players named in the report, Gonzalez, a Miami native, received relatively little mention in the newspaper story, until close to the end. Here is an excerpt from the article that focused on Gonzalez:
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?"
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The Washington Nationals have yet to comment on the report.
Gonzalez was traded to the Nationals by the Oakland A's prior to the 2012 season, in which he led the Nats with a 21-8 record, finishing third in the National League Cy Young award voting as the league's best pitcher.
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