Team says decision on Donnelly contract made without Mitchell report

Updated: December 13, 2007, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox did not tender a contract to reliever Brendan Donnelly on Wednesday, hours before he was named Thursday in the Mitchell report about the illegal use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball.

The move, which makes him a free agent, was announced in an e-mail sent at 12:03 a.m. EST Thursday. The Mitchell report was released at 2 p.m.

"The club had no idea about names prior to release of this report," Red Sox spokesman John Blake said. "We didn't get anything until Mitchell released it at 2 o'clock. So there's no way that anybody had any inkling that Donnelly would be mentioned in that report."

The Red Sox tendered contracts to the 20 other unsigned players on their major league roster. The deadline for making such offers was midnight.

The Mitchell report said Kirk Radomski, a former clubhouse attendant for the New York Mets, got a call from Donnelly in 2004 seeking Anavar, an anabolic steroid. According to the report, Radomski made one sale of Deca-Durabolin for which the reliever paid $250 to $300.

The report also said personnel in Boston's baseball operations department, while considering whether to trade for Donnelly, discussed concerns that he was using performance-enhancing substances.

The Red Sox acquired Donnelly from the Los Angeles Angels last Dec. 15. In 27 games, he was 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA. But he didn't pitch after June 10 and had reconstruction surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 14.


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