Gio, Rizzo looking to move on from PED scandal
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is not expected to be among the players facing suspension by Major League Baseball for their connection with the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, according to a new ESPN report.
That report, posted tonight on ESPN.com, said MLB is seeking to suspend about 20 players believed to have received performance enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, including stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
Gonzalez's name was initially tied to Biogenesis and founder Anthony Bosch in a Miami New Times article published in late-January, but the pitcher denied any connection and a subsequent ESPN report said he received only legal substances from the clinic.
In tonight's report, ESPN said Gonzalez will be "scrutinized but possibly exonerated" by MLB, which has been conducting its own investigation into the matter since the story first broke. Reporter T.J. Quinn expanded on Twitter, saying Gonzalez is "unlikely" to be suspended and that Bosch (who will testify against players) will confirm that the left-hander received only legal substances from him.
Gonzalez also passed a drug test administered by MLB in February, further suggesting he wouldn't face any punishment.