New documents have surfaced in the ongoing investigations into the Biogenesis Clinic, according to Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn of ESPN’s Outside the Lines, linking five more players to possible performance enhancing drug related concerns. More notable, however, there is information within these new files that clears up any suspicions facing Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who was among the first group of players named when this story first became public knowledge in late January.
Multiple sources have confirmed with Fish and Quinn that Gonzalez never received a PED from the Biogenesis clinic. Documents have been uncovered to support that, detailing roughly $1,000 worth of supplements and amino acids, coupled with an anti-oxidant that is often used for weight loss. Fish and Quinn detail the combination better, but none of the substances are banned by Major League Baseball.
Gonzalez has said little with regards to his link to the clinic, but has flatly denied any wrongdoing since his name first was linked to the public. Yet with the cloud that the steroid era has placed on baseball’s history, any allegation is often enough to forever change the perception of a player and tarnish his legacy. Clearing Gonzalez’s name is undoubtedly significant for the left-hander and will allow him to fully focus on the upcoming season.
More than 25 players have now been named in documents tied to the Biogenesis Clinic. The latest group includes Everth Cabrera, Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino De Los Santos, and Cesar Puello.