Glaus mum on SI.com report
Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus, in town to play the Rays, had no response to a report that surfaced Friday alleging he received multiple shipments of illegal performance-enhancing drugs when he was with the Angels more than three years ago while he was coming back from a serious right shoulder injury.
According to a report on SI.com, citing an anonymous source, Glaus received shipments of nandrolone and testosterone – which are both on MLB’s banned substance list -- at his Corona, Calif. home from Dec. 2003 to May 2004. SI.com said its information dealt only with receipt of steroids and not use.
Glaus, who averaged 37 homers in his six full major league seasons, was initially going to address the report before batting practice of Friday’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but he pulled out at the last minute.
The prescriptions written in Glaus’ name were obtained through New Hope Health Center in California and sent through Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, SI.com said. The prescribing physician was Ramon Scruggs, currently on probation and prohibited from prescribing drugs over the Internet, SI.com said.
“I’ve got nothing to say,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said before Friday’s game. “I just found out. He’s the guy you’ve got to ask. I don’t know anything about it.”
The 2002 World Series MVP with the Angels, Glaus, 31, missed the final two month of the 2003 season with a torn right labrum and fraying in his rotator cuff. Less than two months into the 2004 season, he had surgery after a failed comeback, missing 97 games.
“The accusations today made by the media regarding the Blue Jays’ Troy Glaus are simply accusations,” said Blue Jays president and CEO Paul V. Godfrey in a statement through the team. “I am in no position to make comment on information that is attributed to an unnamed source.”
Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was Angels bench coach during Glaus’ tenure in Anaheim – including the time when the report said Glaus received the payments -- said he considers a good friend and was surprised hearing of the report.
“I did not suspect anything,” Maddon said. “I fully support Troy. I have no idea what’s going on in regard to this. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a good man. I just don’t know enough about what’s been put out there today. He’s good people.”
In Anaheim, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he had “no inkling” Glaus was doing anything illegal.
“Baseball’s taken some great steps to try to level the playing field,” Scioscia said. “Players have taken a lot of new steps. This (new testing) was really player driven to get tests done. I think eventually this is going to settle down, but until then there are going to be painful things that come out. … There are going to be layers you have to peel off and that’s going to be painful.”
Glaus, who is hitting .261 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs this season, was still in the starting lineup Friday and was booed during his first at bat as fans chanted “Steroids.” He was 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
-- Eduardo A. Encina, Times Staff Writer