Former pitcher Curt Schilling said someone in the Red Sox organization told him performance-enhancing drugs were an option as he tried to work his way back from a shoulder injury in 2008, ESPN reported Thursday.
"It was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue," Schilling said on ESPN Radio this week.
He did not identify the person, but he did say who it was not: "anybody in uniform," then-GM Theo Epstein, then-manager Terry Francona, any of the owners, and certain medical personnel.
Schilling, now an ESPN analyst, said the conversation got back to team brass and launched an investigation by Major League Baseball at the time.
Don't judge, union says: Union chief Michael Weiner said it would be unfair to make judgments about players and agents before evidence is sorted out in the latest drug investigation. Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon were among those implicated by the Miami New Times, which published documents it alleged showed they received PEDs from a South Florida antiaging clinic. Ryan Braun and Jhonny Peralta have since been linked to the clinic by other publications, and most of the players have issued denials. MLB officials do not want to request player interviews without evidence. "This investigation that MLB is running has yet to produce any evidence that any player has violated the program," Weiner said.
Canadian Hall: Former Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was selected for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 29. The class also includes outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey, announcer Tom Cheek and minor-league owner Nat Bailey.