Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez cleared in Biogenesis PED scandal

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Updated: August 5, 2013
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Major League Baseball finally released the names of twelve players who have agreed to accept 50-game suspensions due to their improper relationship with the Biogenesis lab in Florida and the use of banned performance enhancing drugs [PED]. Fortunately, for the Nationals and the player himself, pitcher Gio Gonzalez was not on that list. Gonzalez had been linked to Biogenesis, but never tested positive for any drugs and it turned out that Gonzalez actually used the scandal-plagued clinic to acquire legitimate medicine.

 

Here is the full list of players receiving a suspension today:

• Nelson CruzRangers outfielder

• Everth CabreraPadres shortstop

• Jhonny PeraltaTigers shortstop

• Antonio BastardoPhillies reliever

• Jordany ValdespinMets outfielder

• Francisco CervelliYankees catcher

• Jesus MonteroMariners catcher

• Cesar Puello, Mets outfield prospect

•  Sergio EscalonaHouston Astros pitching prospect

• Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfield prospect

• Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher

• Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher

New York Yankess third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has been linked to the clinic and is also accused of recruiting other players to the clinic, lying to MLB investigators about his relationship with the clinic and obstructing a MLB investigation, is expected to have his punishment handed down soon, possibly later today. Rodriguez is expected to challenge his suspension, which could last through the 2014 season, and so can keep playing until his challenge is decided.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season last week for his use of banned substances from the clinic.