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Report: Gio Gonzalez linked to Miami clinic that supplied performance-enhancing drugs (updated)

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Update, 11:50 a.m.: Gonzalez released a brief statement through Twitter in response to the report:

Original post, 11:01 a.m.: Major League Baseball is investigating a potential link between players and performance-enhancing substances, as described in a Miami New Times report released Tuesday that lists a handful of active players, including Nationals left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

The New Times report claimed that Gonzalez’s name appeared in the handwritten notes of Anthony Bosch, the chief of Miami clinic Biogenesis. The records, according to the report, detail the selling of banned supplements such as human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.

Players such as New York’s Alex Rodriguez and Toronto’s Melky Cabrera, both who have been previously caught using banned supplements, are named prominently in the report. Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas slugger Nelon Cruz and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal were also among the players listed in the report. Grandal, Cabrera and Colon were issued 50-game suspensions.

Hialeah-native Gonzalez appears less specifically, mentioned five times in Bosch’s notebooks, according to the report, including a specific 2012 annotation that referred to an order of “Zinc/MIC/…and Aminorip” for $1,000. It’s immediately unclear which of those substances is banned and what ingredients they contain. According to the report, Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.

According to the report, Gonzalez’s father, Max, denied the his son’s use of banned substances, insisted that his son had no contact with Bosch and that it was him, instead of his son, that consulted with Bosch to lose weight.

“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” Max Gonzalez told the Miami New Times. “I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that’s it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”

Max Gonzalez didn’t respond to multiple calls or messages on his cellphone.

MLB’s statement on Tuesday morning said the league’s department of investigations had already been looking into the connections in South Florida.

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances,” the statement read, in part. “These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.  Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.  It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program. ….

“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.  We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

A Nationals spokesman didn’t have an immediate comment.

More to come.