Dating back to the very early stages of spring training this year, the Nationals have said - both on and off the record - that they had confidence that Gio Gonzalez wasn’t going to be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his involvement with Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in the Miami area that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to players.
ESPN is reporting tonight that MLB has gotten the cooperation of Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, and that the league office will now look to suspend “about 20 players” connected to the now-shuttered clinic.
The report cites one source as saying the MLB might look to seek 100-game suspensions for Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
Gonzalez still appears to be safe, however. Or at least as safe as one can be after being linked to a clinic that reportedly was supplying performance-enhancers to dozens of players.
ESPN’s report states that Gonzalez “will be scrutinized but possibly exonerated,” and that two sources claim that Gonzalez only received legal substances from Biogenesis.
Gonzalez has said all along that he had no involvement with Biogenesis or Bosch individually, but that his father, Max, was a “legitimate patient” of Bosch’s. Max Gonzalez told the Miami New Times, the outlet that originally broke open the Biogenesis story, that he went to Bosch looking to lose weight.
“At the end of the day,” Gio Gonzalez said back in February, “I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will.”
I’ll continue to monitor any further updates in this story and will have more if and when it comes.
Meanwhile, the Nationals trail the Mets 2-1 here after five innings.
Ian Desmond got the Nats on the board with a solo shot to left in the second inning, his eighth homer of the season. The Mets answered in the fifth, however, scoring two unearned runs off Jordan Zimmermann on Omar Quintanilla’s triple into the right field corner.
Quintanilla’s triple followed two sloppy plays on the infield. Zimmermann and Adam LaRoche had a bit of miscommunication around the first base bag, allowing Jordany Valdespin to reach on an infield single, and Rick Ankiel then reached on Adam LaRoche’s throwing error.
Both Mets came around to score on Quintanilla’s two-out shot down the line, leaving the Nats trailing as we play in the sixth.