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Jonathan Papelbon Speaks About Using Controversial Anti-Inflammatory in Boston

Kyle Scott - February 11, 2013

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Jonathan Papelbon was happy to about the Red Sox's (legal) drug policies. Speaking to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Papelbon said that, as a member of the Red Sox, he frequently took Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory that has been known to cause internal bleeding: [ESPN.com]

Papelbon said that when he was administered a physical by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to signing as a free agent after the 2011 season, doctors asked him if he used Toradol. When he answered in the affirmative, he was told that he would have to stop.

"They told me, 'We don't do that here.' That kind of surprised me," Papelbon said Saturday, speaking by phone from Phillies camp in Clearwater, Fla. "I haven't had a single Toradol shot since.

"But here's the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It's not just the Red Sox."

 

We don’t do that here. I like that.

Papelbon, who said that he used the pain-killer maybe once a month, as needed, was one of many notable users of Toradol, according to the ESPN.com article– Clay Bucholtz, R.A. Dickey, NFL players and others have enjoyed its benefits. Or suffered from its side effects. Bucholtz says it probably contribued to the esophogitis that hospitalized him last year.

Papelbon’s claim comes just days after Curt Schilling said that, in 2008, he was told by a member of the Red Sox organization that performance-enhancing drugs were an option for him to aid in his recovery from a shoulder injury.

You get the sense that Paps – and Schilling – was eager to throw the Red Sox under the bus a little bit, especially once you see this parting shot in the article:

Papelbon said he is happy in Philadelphia and doesn't miss Toradol.

"They use safer anti-inflammatories here, have other ways to keep you strong," he said.

 

Read: Papelbon says he took Toadol while with the Red Sox

Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games After Testing Positive For Amphetamines (Adderall)

Kyle Scott - November 27, 2012

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It. Just. Gets. Worse.

Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Adderall, specifically.

Matt Gelb of Philly.com:

Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, according to a league source, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant — not a steroid — under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant.

Under MLB's program, Ruiz was subject to six unannounced follow-up tests over the 12 months after the initial violation, in addition to the standard random testing. A first positive test for a stimulant, unlike steroids, does not result in suspension. Instead, the increased testing is implemented. Ruiz would be suspended for 80 games should a third positive test emerge.

 

Some players diagnosed with ADHD (Shane Victorino…) are allowed to take Adderall. Chooch, obviously, has not been diagnosed with the disorder.

The Phillies put out a statement:

The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013. 

 

And god dammit, even Ruiz's statements are adorable:

"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."

 

Chooch had his best season ever this year– a .325 batting average, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in only 114 games. There was a bit of (very loose) conjecture about what was causing Ruiz’s outburst this season… now, maybe, we have a reason. An amphetamine, according to Wikipedia, "produces increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite"– something that could be quite beneficial to a baseball player who might not otherwise need it for medical reasons. Say it ain’t so, Chooch. 

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Funnier: Livan Hernandez’s Drug Ring Ties or Todd Coffey’s Socks?

Kyle Scott - June 13, 2011

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I'm going to go socks, actually.

I mean, really, are we that surprised Livan Hernandez is helping a Puerto Rican drug-ring launder money? No. No we are not.

Back in April, it was made public that Hernandez was a target in a federal probe of Angel Ayala Vázquez, a Puerto Rican drug trafficker with a name that makes Jose Yero jealous. Today, we learned this: [Washington Times]

Now the target of a federal money-laundering investigation, Mr. Hernandez is suspected of being a “straw buyer” for Ayala-Vazquez, according to a high-ranking law enforcement source. A straw buyer purchases items for others in their own name, allowing the proceeds from illegal activities such as drug trafficking to be hidden.

The 63-page indictment said the conspiracy by Ayala-Vazquez and his co-defendants used the “straw buyers” to purchase real estate, cars and businesses to make their drug profits appear legitimate.

During an impromptu news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, afterAyala-Vazquez’s conviction April 26, U.S. attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez was asked whether she expected charges to be filed against Mr. Hernandez.

“We’ll see with time, but the investigation continues. The answer is yes, correct,” Ms. Rodriguez-Velez said, according to El Nuevo Dia, a San Juan newspaper. 

 

I have no idea why the Washington Times linked to every name, every time, but whatevs. Hernandez is a "target," the top, um, ranking given by the FBI to people of interest.

What else would you have expected from a guy who used to pay his bullpen coach $50 so he could punch him in the groin? Glad to see he's spending his drug money well.

Here's some more on the defendants in the case:

The link surfaced during testimony from Miguel Antonio Montes Nieveson March 30 during Ayala-Vazquez’s trial in San Juan. Known as “Tony Montana” after Al Pacino’s character in “Scarface,” Montes pleaded guilty to mailing cocaine from Florida to Puerto Rico in an unrelated case. A childhood friend of Ayala-Vazquez’s in Bayamon’s Barbosa Public Housing Project, Montes landed in Orlando as part of a long career using and dealing drugs. Once, Montes testified, he met one ofAyala-Vazquez’s deputies, eager to score marijuana, at Chuck E. Cheese’s on International Drive in Orlando.

After Christmas 2005, Ayala-Vazquez and several of his lieutenants traveled to Florida. A concert at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney organized by Big League Entertainment, a promotion company run byElias Maldonado, was on the agenda. But obtaining the two cars fromMr. Hernandez in Miami was the primary purpose.

 

Icky. Whenever the drug lords you're working with start dealing out of a Chuck E. Cheese's, it's time to get out… Unless they're stashing the goods in Mr. Munch's anus- then that's funny.

Now we know why this ice cream cone is doing fantastically magic things.

Still not as funny as Todd Coffey's high socks, though:

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via Big League Stew

I dare you to find a better reference than Mr. Munch. Dare you. 

UPDATE: Lenny Dykstra Facing Auto Theft and Drug Charges

Kyle Scott - June 6, 2011

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And how’s your Monday? Just another day in the Dykstra Zone? I think so.

At least this one doesn't involve him whipping his dick out to an unsuspecting housekeeper: Nails, in accusations unrelated to his April arrest (embezzling from bankruptcy estate), will be arraigned later today on charges of auto theft and drugs, according to TMZ.

Sources connected with the criminal probe tell TMZ … Dykstra got a heads up this weekend, informing him the Los Angeles County Grand Jury has indicted him.  Dykstra was told he'll be arraigned later today. Sources tell TMZ the charges include auto theft, identity theft, and drug allegations.

Our sources also say Dykstra won't be alone — his accountant will be a co-defendant.

Sources say the L.A. County District Attorney plans to recommend that bail be set at $500,000 for Dykstra … but we're told that amount could change.

 

Nothing surprises me anymore, really.

Also from TMZ:

Plaixco Burress kept a filthy jail cell

Jennifer Lopez blocks release of her honeymoon sex tape… which sucks, because 1997 J-Lo was hot. Now she looks like Omar Minaya.

UPDATE: What were the drugs? Cocaine, ecstasy, HGH, ya know.

[ESPN.com

Dykstra, 48, was charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He faces up to 12 years in state prison if convicted.

His accountant and a friend were charged in connection with the alleged auto theft but not with drug crimes, Robison said.

Prosecutors contend that the three men tried to lease high-end cars from dealers this year by providing phony information and claiming credit through a phony business called Home Free Systems.

Two dealerships rejected the lease applications but a third allowed the men to drive off with three cars, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

Police who arrested Dykstra on April 14 found cocaine, Ecstasy and the synthetic human growth hormone Somatropin at his San Fernando Valley home, the statement said.

 

H/T to (@DXFlyers) and (@Amanda_Marie13)