MLB Notebook: Gonzalez says PED test came back negative
VIERA, Fla. — Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance-enhancing drugs he was given by Major League Baseball have come back negative.
Gonzalez and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of a now-closed anti-aging clinic.
Gonzalez said in a brief statement Friday that the players' association informed him that blood and urine tests he was given two days after last month's report came back clean.
He says he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs.
The Nationals' left-hander didn't take any questions beyond his statement, citing MLB's ongoing investigation into Biogenesis of America LLC.
ESPN reported Tuesday that Gonzalez was the only client named so far who had not received PEDs.
Papelbon says 2012 Phillies lacked leadership
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon feels his team lacked leadership last season, and made it known to reporters.
On the day that the Phillies began exhibition play with an intrasquad scrimmage here, Papelbon, who left the Boston Red Sox for Philadelphia in time for last season, reiterated his stance from earlier in the week that says: “Since I've been here, I haven't seen any leadership.”
Santana exhibition debut pushed back
Johan Santana will not make his first spring training appearance for the Mets this year until mid-March.
General manager Sandy Alderson said the 33-year-old left-hander is expected to pitch in an exhibition game sometime from March 10-12 instead of March 2. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner missed 2011 following shoulder surgery and went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts last year, when he pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1 against St. Louis. Rivera throws BP for 1st time since knee injury
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown batting practice for the first time since knee surgery last year.
The 43-year-old Rivera threw 25 pitches and said he was happy with the results. He expects to be ready when the Yankees open the regular season April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.
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