Jayson Werth was in the Nationals’ clubhouse on Saturday morning, unpacking his bags a day ahead of the first full-team workout. From his vantage point as one of the most veteran players on the team and a clubhouse leader, he spoke with reporters about a variety of subjects, including one that has been a matter of much news and discussion over the past few weeks.
Werth, perhaps among the best-equipped in the clubhouse to address the topic, talked about teammate Gio Gonzalez and his alleged link to a South Florida clinic that is being investigated by MLB and that reportedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to current major league players. Werth, a 10-year major league veteran, offered a thoughtful and interesting response.
“Time will tell,” Werth said. “I’m assuming it’s being investigated by the league and anyone else that has a computer. Obviously, you hope that nothing comes of it. In my opinion, it doesn’t really seem like the type of guy Gio is.
“I signed in ’97, and I was in the big leagues for the first time in 2002. When did they start testing for steroids for the first time, ’04? So I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve seen guys, seen people that you would suspect that could be or may be, maybe even know that they are. But I don’t really feel like Gio could be a guy like that. I could be wrong. I don’t think I am. That’s probably about all I’ve got to say.”
MLB is investigating the now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic, and players’ connections to it. According to a Jan. 29 Miami New Times report, the clinic’s chief, Anthony Bosch, provided performance-enhancing drugs to players. The report cited Bosch’s handwritten notes and documents that had Gonzalez’s name appear next to substances such as “Zinc/MIC/…and Aminorip” and “pink cream,” described as a “a complex formula that also includes testosterone.”
Gonzalez has denied any connection to Biogenesis or Bosch and reiterated this week that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez’s father, Max, told the New Times that he went to the clinic for weight loss. Gonzalez said he had no explanation for why his name appeared in the records, adding the only reason for his name to appear in Bosch’s records would be his bragging proud father. Gonzalez was drug tested two days after the report first surfaced.