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With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today, so did Washington Nationals right-hander Gio Gonzalez and a media circus.
Gonzalez reported to camp in his typical upbeat mood and answered questions regarding his link to steroids, reports The Washington Post.
He and several other major leaguers were mentioned in a notebook kept by Anthony Bosch, chief of the Biogenesis clinic in Florida. The notebook linked them to steroids uses while at the clinic.
“You’re stunned, you’re shocked,” Gonzalez said. “Your name was brought up out of nowhere. You’re like, you can’t do nothing about it.”
According to USA Today, Gonzalez denied taking any performance enhancing drugs. Unlike Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera, also in the notebook, who were linked directly with PEDs Gonzalez is being linked to a “pink cream.”
"I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will," Gonzalez said. "I have cooperated fully with Major League Baseball's investigation, done everything they wanted.”
Gonzalez has no understanding why his name appears in the notebook. His father’s name, Max Gonzalez, is seen in the book, but his father also admits to it for being a legit patient at the clinic.
If MLB finds evidence against Gonzalez then he could serve a 50 game suspension. The investigation could take weeks with interviews and gathering information.