Suspended Manny Ramirez will be serving a 50 game outage for HCG right? Perhaps wrong.
According to the astute TJ Quinn of ESPN, Manny tested positive for testosterone -- exogenous testosterone. The entered into the equation only later in the chain of events. Smokescreen?
Obviously using HCG would appear to be less of a sin than a horrible anabolic steroid. (in our view a drug is a drug; there is no hierarchy of bad drugs or good drugs). Admitting to HCG would sanitize other PED use, making the situation much more palatable to the regular fan - or the Hall of Fame voter.
Ramirez (and spokespeople) have been promoting the HCG angle. HCG, a natural hormone of pregnancy that also increase natural testosterone production. The drug may enhance the strength of one's convictions, but in our view not enhance too much else.
However, there is evidence Ramirez used the much more potent hormone testosterone:
...testing by Major League Baseball showed that Ramirez had testosterone in his body that was not natural and came from an artificial source, two people with knowledge of the case told ESPN's Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn. The sources said that in addition to the artificial testosterone, Ramirez was identified as using the female fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG.
The sources said Ramirez was suspended for using hCG because baseball had documentation to prove his use of the drug. A Major League Baseball source said Ramirez's representatives indicated they would fight a suspension for using artificial testosterone.
The 'doctor's prescription' excuse just might go over in an appeal to the MLB fan public. If Ramirez really has a legitimate use for HCG he needs to get that information out there, along with lab tests, ASAP.
1. Low sperm count
2. Someone bought the idea he was low on endogenous testosterone...because he going off-cycle
The Los Angeles Dodgers star said he did not take steroids and was prescribed medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance.
The commissioner's office didn't announce the specific violation by the 36-year-old outfielder, who apologized to the Dodgers and fans for "this whole situation..."
Ramirez, in a statement issued by the players' union, said: "Recently, I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me.
So apparently we will not be privy to what really happened to the Dodger star. One more deception.