Report: Steroids, testosterone were sent to Glaus
Former World Series MVP and four-time All Star Troy Glaus received multiple shipments of performance-enhancing drugs via a Florida pharmacy and a California anti-aging clinic, Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Friday.
According to the report, a source in Florida with knowledge of the Internet pharmacy's client list, said multiple shipments of Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, and testosterone were sent to a Corona, Calif. address that corresponds with Glaus' address. The shipments reportedly occurred between Sept., 2003 and May, 2004.
The receipts only show that the substances were sent to the address. However, both nandrolone and testosterone were on Major League Baseball's banned substances list at the time the items were shipped, SI.com reported.
Messages seeking comment left for Glaus through both the Blue Jays and his agent were not returned, the Web site reported.
The team did respond later in the day Friday.
"The accusations made today in the media are simply accusations," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said. "I am in no position to make comment on information that is attributed to an unnamed source."
The news came the same day the New York Daily News reported St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel received a shipment of human growth hormone in 2004 from the same pharmacy. Baseball outlawed HGH in 2005.
Major League Baseball asked Friday to meet with Glaus and Ankiel.
"We're going to look into both sets of allegations,'' said Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations.
Manfred would not go into details, but MLB already had requested meetings with the two players, a person familiar with the request said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.
Michael Weiner, the general counsel of the players' union, declined comment.
Glaus, then with the Angels, missed most of 2003 with shoulder injuries and underwent season-ending surgery after attempting a comeback in 2004. He now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays.
According to the report, 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 hormone on its Web site. The prescription was sent through Signature Pharmacy, an Orlando-based pharmacy targeted by Albany County (N.Y.) prosecutors as part of their steroids investigation.
The substances were prescribed by Dr. Ramon Scruggs, who, according to the Medical Board of California, is currently on probation and is prohibited from prescribing drugs over the Internet. Scruggs was also reportedly involved in a lawsuit with Mobile, Ala.-based Applied Pharmacy, which was previously targeted in a law enforcement raid, according to the report.
When reached for comment on Friday, Scruggs responded with expletives and ended the conversation, SI.com reported.
Also linked to the Signature Pharmacy probe, in various reports, are St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel, at least 14 professional wrestlers, New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who was suspended four games by the NFL, and Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Wilson, who has been suspended five games and fined by the NFL.
Glaus, 31, was the MVP of the 2002 World Series for the then-Anaheim Angels.
He is currently hitting .263 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. He has 277 career home runs -- an average of better than one every 16 at-bats -- despite missing significant playing time with injuries.
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