The Arizona Republic breaks the story that New York Met pitcher Scott Schoeneweis manned up with some testosterone and stanozolol (Winstrol) by Internet pharmacy. Schoeneweis juiced in the 2003 and 2004 seasons while with the Chicago White Sox. Prescriptions came through Troy Glaus' doctor -- a Ramon Scruggs in Tustin CA.
Relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis received six shipments of steroids in 2003 and 2004 from the Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN.com reported Monday.
Schoeneweis, then with the Chicago White Sox and now with the New York Mets, was prescribed the steroids by Ramon Scruggs of the New Hope Health Center in Tustin, Calif., the Web site said. Scruggs also wrote prescriptions for Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus.
The name of Schoeneweis, a survivor of testicular cancer, appears on packages sent to Comiskey Park in 2003 and 2004 by Signature Pharmacy, ESPN.com said, citing a source in Florida close to the investigation. Schoeneweis spent $1,160 and received testosterone and stanozolol, it said.
However, the New York Daily News says that the Met pitcher denies the stories of steroid use. Schoeneweis sues the Barry Bonds defense "I don't know what that is.
Scott Schoeneweis, fingered by an Internet report that said he received six shipments of steroids from the pharmacy that is at the center of an ongoing investigation into illegal prescription drug sales, told the Daily News last night that he has never heard of Signature Pharmacy or received shipments from Florida.
"I don't even know what that is," said Schoeneweis, who was apparently unaware of the allegations that he received steroids from Signature until informed by The News. "Steroids in Florida? I never received anything from Florida. I'm not going to comment. I never even heard of it."
Interesting comments. Did MLB players read the news over the past 6 months? With one of the scandals originating in the Mets clubhouse, might it be possible a Met player is unaware of the name of the Internet pharmacy plastered all over the news and the Internet the entire 2007 season?
ESPN reports specific details about the pitcher's case:
According to ESPN, the source who reviewed the invoices said that Schoeneweis spent $1,160 on the steroids. The packages he allegedly received on May 23 and June 25, 2003, contained 10 milliliter bottles of both testosterone and stanozolol. The package sent on Sept. 3 had double the dose of stanozolol - the same drug that caused Rafael Palmeiro to be suspended for 10 games in 2005 after it showed up in his urine. The last three shipments - on Nov. 18, 2003, and April 15 and June 24, 2004 - contained one 10 ml bottle of testosterone.
If anyone would be interested in Schoeneweis' veracity, checking account records or credit card records should match up. The go after the suppliers, and may never care about the end users. One more reason sports fraud laws are needed.
Did the anabolic drugs benefit Schoeneweis? Salary-wise yes, performance-wise maybe not.
Schoeneweis just completed the first year of a three-year, $10.8 million deal with the Mets. The 33-year-old reliever had a 5.03 ERA over 59 innings and was part of the bullpen collapse that caused the Mets to miss the postseason after having a seven-game with 17 games to play.