Byrd offers very few answers on his use of HGH
BOSTON -- Hmmmm. Perhaps there is more than just the old-fashioned windup to Paul Byrd's comeback from the career precipice. The Cleveland pitcher left more questions about his use of human growth hormone unanswered than answered when he spoke to a throng of at least 70 reporters in a crowded Fenway Park concourse before Game 7 on Sunday.Byrd said that his team, coaches and Major League Baseball knew about his pituitary condition and that everything he has done with HGH has been out in the open, but Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro said he had no knowledge of "any of this" until the pitcher told him about it Friday. Shapiro declined to comment specifically on whether the club knew about a pituitary problem with Byrd, citing medical confidentiality, but said, "Friday was the first time I was aware of anything." MLB spokesman Pat Courtney also said the league had no prior knowledge of any HGH use by the pitcher. Courtney further said that Byrd was not given a therapeutic use exemption for HGH, that no player has been given such an exemption and that he was not aware whether an HGH exemption was even possible.
I have actually had [HGH] shipments come to clubhouses and have actually for a small period of time stored them in the refrigerator in the clubhouse, so I feel that makes things very legitimate on my intentions.
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