VIERA, Fla. -- A new investigative report into the Miami clinic charged with supplying performance enhancing drugs to major leaguers says Gio Gonzalez received only legal substances, further suggesting the Nationals left-hander won't face any discipline from MLB.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported tonight at least 25 players received PEDs from Biogenesis, but Gonzalez was not one of them.
Gonzalez did receive $1,000 worth of substances, but those listed are not banned by MLB: glutathione (an anti-oxidant) and intramuscular shots of methionine, inositol and choline. Those shots are often used for weight loss, which could suggest they were for Gonzalez's father, Max, who has admitted being a client of Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch's weight-loss clinic.
Gonzalez is the only player who has been tied to Biogenesis so far who did not receive PEDs, two independent sources told ESPN.
The left-hander did appear on a computer printout of Biogenesis documents, under the code name "Gladiator," according to the report.
Though this latest report doesn't officially exonerate Gonzalez from any wrongdoing, it does further suggest what the Nationals have suspected all along: Gonzalez is unlikely to face any punishment from MLB, which is conducting its own investigation of the clinic.
Gonzalez's name first surfaced Jan. 29 in a Miami New Times report, linking his name with several other prominent ballplayers including Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera as Biogenesis clients. The documents published by the New Times showed Gonzalez's name listed among Bosch's notes next to several substances, though most did not appear to be PEDs. The only substance that might have been considered a PED was listed as "pink cream," but Gonzalez denied knowing what that was or ever receiving it (or any other substance) from Bosch.
Upon reporting to Nationals camp last week, Gonzalez said he had no idea how his name wound up in Bosch's documents, though he suspected it had to do with his father's connection to the clinic.
"My father already admitted that he was a patient there, a legitimate patient," Gonzalez said on Feb. 12. "And then after that, you know how my father is. All of South Florida, all of baseball knows that my father is the most proud father in baseball. Says hi, tells everybody about his son. That's the best I can say. Other than that, I have no clue why my name was on that list, or on the notebook or anything."