Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Report: UM gave players PED tests

CORAL GABLES — Every Miami baseball player was tested for performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The testing for HGH is not typical for Miami, which is awaiting the results, the AP reported. Last week, the school said 10,000 tests performed on student-athletes since 2005 resulted in no positive results for steroids.

"There's a very thorough investigation going on within the program," said Hurricanes baseball coach Jim Morris, who added he could not provide details because of university policy. "I feel very sure that our current players are not involved in anything. I think we have a very good system intact. Other than that … I don't know what's going on outside."

"Outside" includes Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees third baseman is a university trustee, and his donation led to the baseball stadium, currently being renovated, being renamed for him. Rodriguez was the headliner in a story published by Miami New Times last month alleging major-leaguers got performance-enhancing drugs from a now-closed clinic not far from Miami's campus.

Other players named in that story and others that followed have ties to Miami. They include Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun, a star at Miami, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, a former signee, and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, a former player.

Jimmy Goins, a strength coach who worked primarily with the Hurricanes' baseball and cross country teams, also was named in the story, which was based on documents the alternative weekly paper said was provided by a former employee of the clinic.

"He has been an exemplary employee of the university and categorically denies any allegation or inference of wrongdoing," Michelle White, Goins' attorney, said.

Rodriguez and the other players mentioned have denied getting performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic.

Morris said he has not talked with Rodriguez about the allegations but acknowledged he was disappointed.

"I was disappointed seeing anybody's name," Morris said. "He's not guilty until he's proven guilty. I haven't seen Alex in forever. He's doing rehab (from a hip injury) and not working out."

MLB is investigating the New Times report and hopes to acquire the documents the paper used to build its story. Other reports have said Miami's program also is the subject of an MLB probe. Morris said he has not been questioned by anyone from MLB.

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