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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gio Gonzalez: No connection to clinic

By Jayson Stark
ESPN.com

VIERA, Fla. -- Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez denied again Tuesday that he had any connection with the South Florida anti-aging clinic that is under investigation for allegedly supplying performance-enhancing drugs to a number of Major League Baseball players.

"At the end of the day," Gonzalez said on the morning he reported to spring training, "I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will."

Gonzalez was one of six major leaguers, according to a recent report by the Miami New Times, whose names were listed in a personal notebook belonging to Tony Bosch, founder of the now-closed clinic that is alleged to have supplied players with human growth hormone and synthetic testosterone.

Gonzalez's name was listed five times in the notebook, according to records posted by the newspaper. The name of his father, Max, also was listed. Gonzalez's father has since admitted he was a patient of Biogenesis in an attempt to lose weight.

However, the 27-year-old left-hander insisted he had no prior knowledge of his father's connection with the clinic and said he was "stunned" when his name showed up in the newspaper's report, which was the product of a three-month investigation.

Gonzalez My father already admitted that he was a patient there, a legitimate patient. 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. And that's the best I can say. You know, other than that, I have no clue why my name was on that list or in that notebook or anything.

-- Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez

"You're stunned. You're shocked," Gonzalez said. "Your name's just brought up out of nowhere. And it's like, you can't do nothing about it. You just have to wait it out."

Asked whether he had an explanation for how his name appeared in Bosch's records, Gonzalez attributed the link to a proud father.

"There is no connection, [except] for the fact that … my father already admitted that he was a patient there, a legitimate patient," Gonzalez said. "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 everyone about his son. And that's the best I can say. You know, other than that, I have no clue why my name was on that list or in that notebook or anything."

In one entry in Bosch's notebook posted by the New Times, Gonzalez's stats were written next to a formula for a "pink cream" whose ingredients included testosterone. But when he was asked Tuesday whether he was familiar with that pink cream, the pitcher replied: "No. No, no, no."

Gonzalez said that he has been contacted by MLB investigators since the New Times story broke two weeks ago and that he was cooperating fully. But his account of how he learned of his link to this story differs from that of the New Times, which reported that it attempted to get a comment or explanation from Gonzalez before its story appeared and got no response from the pitcher or his attorneys.

Asked how he first heard his name had surfaced, Gonzalez replied: "Just like you guys [in the media] did. It was just posted out there. And I was like, 'What's going on?' you know.

"Still in shock," he went on. "At the end of the day, it's like I said. I cooperated with MLB. I've done everything they wanted. Nothing's changed from the story I've had since I tweeted it out. It's been the same thing ever since."