After he reported to Washington Nationals spring training this morning, ace left-hander Gio Gonzalez expressed confidence he will avoid a suspension from Major League Baseball as the league continues its investigation into his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a clinic in his native South Florida reported to distribute performance-enhancing drugs.
“I feel very confident,” Gonzalez said in his first public comments, a group interview truncated by a team public relations official. “At the end of the day, I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will. I’m actually pretty excited about this year.”
Gonzalez was his typical gregarious, grinning self as he met with reporters. He took roughly five minutes of questions pertaining to the Biogenesis case before the team official said he would not have any more to say on the topic. Gonzalez held court for another 10 minutes, joking and effusive with optimism about the Nationals’ chances in 2013.
Gonzalez said he has fully cooperated with MLB and its investigators. “I feel strong with their program and what they’re doing,” Gonzalez said. “At the end of the day, it’s waiting on them.”
On Jan. 29, the Miami New Times reported that Gonzalez’s name surfaced alongside several major league stars in notebooks kept by Anthony Bosch, the chief of the Biogenesis clinic.
“You’re stunned, you’re shocked,” Gonzalez said. “Your name was brought up out of nowhere. You’re like, you can’t do nothing about. You have to listen to what’s going on. You can’t jump the gun. You can’t jump to conclusions. At the end of the day, you have to listen in and wait patiently.”