MLB to meet with Gio, other players involved in PED report

MLB to meet with Gio, other players involved in PED report
January 31, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has already denied the allegations against him being involved with a Miami-area clinic linked to performance enhancing drugs, but now it is time for him to make his case to the league. According to Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball will send officials to Florida in the next few days to first speak with the editors of the Miami New Times - the publication responsible for the report - and then the players they implicated.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! says that the clinic has the option of either withholding the records, or turning them over to the league which could then "bolster MLB's case when arguing for potential 50-game suspensions." The league will meet with the paper and their lawyers to discuss moving forward with the investigation. The records may also open up the possibility of more players being included in the probe surrounding the clinic, Biogenesis. The New Times has said there are more players they could have named, but the evidence is not as strong against the other names.

Gonzalez appeared in the report on Tuesday with his name being included in hand-written records by the clinic's operator, Anthony Bosch. His father was quoted in the story denying any involvement by Gio and the pitcher himself refuted the story on Twitter.

The New Times and their editors say they will cooperate with the league as best they can in their investigation.