Gonzalez, 27, a two-time all-star, is represented by ACES, the agency that has come under fire from MLB for having a handful of its clients tied to Biogenesis. His clearing is welcome news for the Nationals, who are battling for a playoff spot and whose starting rotation has been depleted by injuries and uneven performances. Gonzalez is scheduled to take the mound at Nationals Park on Tuesday in a crucial game against the division rival Atlanta Braves.
Gonzalez was first tied to the clinic and to various substances, including “Zinc/MIC . . . and Aminorip” and a testosterone-laden “pink cream,” by the New Times report. Gonzalez, however, forcefully maintained he didn’t have any contact with Bosch or the clinic. Gonzalez said in February he was “shocked” by the New Times report and that it was his father, Max, who was the client of Biogenesis for weight-loss medicine.
“Gio’s a good guy and obviously wasn’t cheating,” reliever Tyler Clippard said. “So for him to be on the list in the first place was kind of unfortunate, but I guess it’s obviously good for him to kind of get a clean slate.”
Gonzalez has pitched solidly through the cloud of the investigation. As a key cog in the team’s top trio of starters, the left-hander has posted a a 7-4 record and 3.57 ERA over 1332
3 innings. He maintained his outgoing personality in the clubhouse, but some close to him acknowledged the allegations weighed on him.
“He handled it well,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “It’s a testament to his mental makeup and the way he prepares for games. I thought he’s thrown extremely well considering.”
Beyond his statement, Gonzalez wasn’t made available to reporters Monday. His father declined to comment Monday.
Rizzo and Manager Davey Johnson both spoke with Gonzalez after the allegations first surfaced and their conversations put both men at ease. They have both publicly backed Gonzalez since then.
“I believed him from the get-go,” Johnson said. “I understood the whole thing. I wish MLB would have cleared it up a long time ago. It would have been easier on him. But he’s handled it very well.”