Bronson Arroyo, a former Boston Red Sox teammate of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, said he would not be surprised to find his name on a list of 104 ballplayers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, after he had heard a then-legal supplement he was using was tainted with steroids, the Boston Herald reported.
“Before 2004, none of us paid any attention to anything we took,” he said, according to the Herald. “Now they don’t want us to take anything unless it’s approved. But back then, who knows what was in stuff? The FDA wasn’t regulating stuff, not unless it was killing people or people were dying from it.”
Arroyo said he started taking taking andro after 1998, after a season with the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate. “Andro made me feel great, I felt like a monster. I felt like I could jump and hit my head on the basketball rim,” he said, according to the report.
Arroyo said he is happy the game now has mandatory drug testing, according to the Herald.
“I feel like the game’s getting cleared up,” he said, according to the report. “Personally, I don’t care what people think about what I did. I do what I do.”
Hmm. The guy can barely pitch anymore, makes plenty of money, has durability as his sole asset, and now is basically admitting that his name is on the list. Thanks, but no thanks, Cincinnati. You can hang on to him for now.