Major League Baseball asked Friday to meet with Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel after both reportedly received performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida Internet pharmacy that has come under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications according to a Sports Illustrated investigative report.
The SI report alleges Glaus, then with the Anaheim Angels, received multiple shipments of steroids through an internet distribution network over a seven-month period, from September 2003 until May 2004. The four-time All-Star received Nandrolone and testosterone, according to the report.
Glaus received shipments at a Corona, Calif., address that traces to the player, SI.com said., citing a source in Florida with knowledge of a Signature Pharmacy client list. SI.com said its information dealt only with receipt of steroids and not use.
Prescriptions written in Glausís name were obtained through New Hope Health Center, a California-based clinic and were sent through Signature, SI.com said. The prescribing physician was Dr. Ramon Scruggs, currently on probation and prohibited from prescribing drugs over the Internet, SI.com said.
ďThe accusations made today in the media regarding Blue Jays Troy Glaus are simply accusations,Ē Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said. ďI am in no position to make comments on information that is attributed to an unnamed source.Ē
Glaus, who has missed 27 games this season due to heel and ankle injuries, is hitting .263 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. In the 2000 season, Glaus belted a career-high 47 homers for the Angels, but has failed to reach the 40-homer mark since 2001. The slugger recently endured a carrer-worst 0-for-27 slump.
Major League Baseball doesnít test for HGH, and the sport didnít ban human growth hormone until 2005. But a player who possessed it or used it after it was banned could be suspended for 50 games.
By comparison the International Olympic Committee has banned HGH since 1989.
Citing records the newspaper obtained, the Daily News said Ankiel got HGH shipments that included Saizen and Genotropin, two injectable drugs. Florida physician Dr. William Gogan signed Ankielís prescriptions, providing them through a Palm Beach Gardens clinic called The Health and Rejuvenation Center (THARC), the newspaper reported.
The drugs were shipped to Ankiel at the clinicís address, the paper said. The 28-year-old Ankiel lives close by in Jupiter.
When contacted by The Associated Press, Ankielís agent, Scott Boras, said he couldnít comment because of medical privacy laws.
Ankiel and Glaus could be asked to speak with lawyers from the commissionerís office about this.
ďWe will certainly look into this with both players,Ē baseball spokesman Rich Levin said.
Authorities have not accused Ankiel of any wrongdoing, the newspaper said. According to the Signature records the News cited, he stopped receiving HGH just before baseball banned it in 2005.
According to the Daily News, THARC also shipped steroids and growth hormone to ex-big league pitcher Steve Woodard. He and Ankiel were teammates with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in 2004, the paper said.
Woodard didnít return cell phone messages, the News said.
Signature is at the center of an investigation by the Albany County (N.Y.) district attorneyís office. Authorities there have been looking into an Internet ring involving performance-enhancing drugs and allegedly involving athletes from several sports.
The probe recently led to the NFL suspensions of New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.
The third NFL person involved in the investigation was Dr. Richard Ryzde, one of the Pittsburgh Steelersí team doctors. He earlier had been fired by the team.
--with files from The Associated Press