VIERA, Fla. -- In the wake of a new report that says he never received any banned substances from the Miami clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball for distributing performance enhancing drugs, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez expressed confidence today he'll be cleared of all wrongdoing.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Tuesday night that while Gonzalez did receive $1,000 worth of substances from embattled Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch, none were considered PEDs. The pitcher, who has denied ever taking any PEDs or even knowing Bosch since an initial Miami New Times report connected him with the clinic, said today he's still waiting to hear official word from MLB but seemed pleased with the direction the issue is headed.
"I'm going to be honest with you, I haven't heard anything yet officially from MLB," Gonzalez said this afternoon at Space Coast Stadium following the Nationals' workout. "I do plan on sitting down and cooperating with them. I want to get this all done before the season starts. This is all new to me, guys. I do plan on getting ready, looking forward to spring training, and I feel confident this is going to come out good."
The Nationals again did not let Gonzalez appear on camera and would not allow follow-up questions on the Biogenesis story, preventing the pitcher from having an opportunity to explain if and how he received non-banned substances from the clinic if he'd never interacted with Bosch. Upon first reporting to camp last week, Gonzalez acknowledged his father, Max, was a patient of Bosch's weight-loss clinic.
Tuesday night's ESPN report cited two independent sources saying the substances Gonzalez received from Bosch were glutathione (an anti-oxidant), intramuscular shots of methionine, inositol and choline and amino acids. The shots are often used for weight loss, which could suggest they were for Max Gonzalez, perhaps paid for by his son.
Gonzalez was listed in Biogenesis records under the codename "Gladiator," according to ESPN.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team has not heard from league offices about any resolution to the matter.
"We haven't heard anything official from MLB," Rizzo said. "We're still waiting on word from them. So we'll hold our comments until we hear something official."
Manager Davey Johnson said the club has cooperated with MLB: "It's really never been an issue, communication with the league. Much ado about nothing."
Like his pitcher, Johnson expressed hope this latest revelation will help close the book on the story and allow Gonzalez to prepare for the season without any more distraction.
"I wasn't really concerned about it, knowing Gio," the manager said. "I kind of had the feeling three weeks ago that it was nothing when it came out. I'm glad we're past that. It's just one less thing. Those are the kind of problems I like to address and then turn it over."