Surely there must be at least one player in the big leagues who hasn’t purchased PED’s online? (You can put your hand down, Boomer, it was a rhetorical question). The following comes from SI.com’s Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim :
A source in Florida with knowledge of the client list of Signature Pharmacy, an Orlando-based compound pharmacy, alleges that between September 2003 and May 2004, multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone were sent to Troy Glaus at a Corona, Calif., address that traces to the player. Though the information only pertains to receipt and not actual use of steroids, both nandrolone and testosterone were on Major League Baseball’s banned list at the time.
Glaus, then with the Angels, missed much of the 2003 season with a tear in his right rotator cuff and frayed labrum and underwent season-ending shoulder surgery after attempting a comeback in 2004.
The prescriptions, written in Glaus’ name, were obtained through New Hope Health Center, a California-based anti-aging clinic that advertises the sale of anabolic steroids and human growth hormones on its Web site. The prescription was processed by Signature. The prescribing physician was Ramon Scruggs, M.D. According to the Medical Board of California, as of March 2007, Scruggs has been on probation and is prohibited from prescribing drugs over the internet. He also was reportedly involved in a lawsuit with Mobile-based Applied Pharmacy, which, ironically, was the subject of a previous multi-agency raid. (Contacted through New Hope and given the chance to comment on Friday, Scruggs responded with expletives and ended the conversation abruptly.)
There was a terrific call earlier today on Charley Steiner’s XM “Baseball Beat” program with the opinion Rick Ankiel’s alleged HGH use was no big thing compared to Barry Bonds’ crimes against the game. The difference? “Joe from St. Louis” insisted that Ankiel’s PED use was all about trying to heal from an injury, while the Sultan Of Surly was “jealous of Mark McGwire”.
Never mind the wonderful phenomena of aspiring med students like Rick Ankiel writing their own prescriptions, it’s just awesome that Steiner’s show provides a vehicle for callers with the ability to guess each player’s motivations.