If MLB finds evidence Gonzalez used steroids, it could levy a 50-game suspension. The league’s investigation is expected to last weeks, at minimum, as it gathers information and tries to interview players.
Gonzalez was his typical gregarious, grinning self as he met with reporters. He took less than five minutes of questioning about the case before the team official said he would not discuss the topic any further. Gonzalez held court for another 10 minutes, joking and expressing optimism about the Nationals’ chances in 2013.
Gonzalez said he has fully cooperated with MLB and its investigators, although it is unclear what the cooperation has entailed. “I feel strong with their program and what they’re doing,” Gonzalez said. “At the end of the day, it’s waiting on them.”
On Jan. 29, the Miami New Times reported that Gonzalez’s name surfaced alongside several major league stars in notebooks kept by Anthony Bosch, the chief of the Biogenesis 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. You have to listen to what’s going on. You can’t jump the gun. You can’t jump to conclusions. At the end of the day, you have to listen in and wait patiently.”
Gonzalez had no certain explanation for why his name appeared. His father, Max Gonzalez, was also listed in the notebooks. Max Gonzalez told the New Times that he went to the clinic for weight loss. Gonzalez said the only reason for his name to appear in Bosch’s records would be his braggart father dad.
“My father already admitted 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 my father is the most proud father in baseball. He says hi, he tells everyone about his son. That’s the best I can say. Other than that, I have no clue why my name was on that list or notebook or anything.”
Gonzalez, who is from Hialeah, Fla., was mentioned five times in Bosch’s notebooks, according to the New Times, including a specific 2012 annotation that referred to an order of “Zinc/MIC/…and Aminorip” for $1,000. In records later divulged, Gonzalez’s name appears next to a substance called “pink cream,” described as a “a complex formula that also includes testosterone.” Gonzalez said he had never used any of the products.