Published — Sunday 24 February 2013
Last update 24 February 2013 3:05 am
VIERA, Florida: Washington 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’ lefthander 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.
Giants trade Conor Gillaspie to White Sox
Meantime, the San Francisco Giants have traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Jeff Soptic.
The 25-year-old Gillaspie spent parts of three seasons with the Giants, hitting .205 with a home run and four RBIs in 29 games and 44 at-bats.
San Francisco selected Gillaspie with the 37th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft from Wichita State. He made his major league debut that Sept. 9.
Soptic, a 21-year-old right-handed reliever, was 3-2 with an ERA of 5.40 with Class A Kannapolis last year. Chicago took him in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas
The trade was announced Friday.