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Gonzalez PED Scandal ‘A Bombshell for Baseball and Nationals Fans’

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Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is among the names mentioned in an investigative report coming out of Miami linking a slew of athletes to an anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to some of baseball’s finest.

“It’s a bombshell in the baseball community and it’s a bombshell for Nationals fans as well,” Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday.

Gonzalez’s name first appeared in a report by Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times on Tuesday. The report cites records from Miami-based Biogenesis, which shows players received various substances from the head of the clinic, Anthony Bosch.

Also mentioned in Elfrink’s report were sluggers Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Manny Ramirez, all players previously linked to PED abuse.

“That’s kind of the most damning part,” Kolko said. “You’re seeing these names: Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera; these guys that have had issues with this in the past.”

The name of the 27-year-old Nats star appears in Bosch’s notebooks five times, according to the report, including one particular line denoting Gio in his 2012 notebook:

“Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.”

Aminorip is a muscle-building protein, according to the report.

Gio’s father, Max Gonzalez, has also been implicated in the report, appearing on Bosch’s client lists. The elder Gonzalez firmly denies his son’s involvement with the clinic.

“He never met my son. Never,” Max Gonzalez said of Bosch. “And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”

Major League Baseball’s stance on failed PED tests requires first-time offenders to be suspended 50 games. Players do not need to have failed a test to be suspended by the league if the allegations check out, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez is denying the allegations that he may have doped and distancing himself from Miami-based clinic.

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