CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Every University of Miami baseball player underwent testing recently for performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
The testing for HGH is not typical for the school, according to the source. But these are not typical times for the perennially strong program, which has been linked to Major League Baseball’s latest drug mess.
The school is awaiting the results, the source said. University officials not only took the unusual step of ordering the HGH tests for the players, but also said last week that 10,000 tests performed on student-athletes since 2005 resulted in no positive tests for steroid usage.
“There’s a very thorough investigation going on within the program to try to find out what they can find out,” said Miami coach Jim Morris, who could not provide many details of that probe 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, the outside, I don’t know what’s going on outside.”
What’s going on outside is this: The university’s best-known trustee is New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The name of baseball’s highest-paid player adorns the Hurricanes’ ballpark, thanks to his pledge of $3.9 million for renovations several years ago. Rodriguez was the headliner in a story published by Miami New Times last month, alleging big leaguers got performance-enhancing drugs from a now-closed clinic not far from Miami’s campus.
Several other players were named in that story and others that followed, including many with ties to Miami, such as former Hurricane and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun and former signee Gio Gonzalez, now a star pitcher with the Washington Nationals. Former Miami player Yasmani Grandal, now a catcher for San Diego, also was implicated in the story.
Jimmy Goins, a strength coach at Miami who worked primarily with the Hurricanes’ baseball and cross country teams, also was named in the New Times story, which was based on documents that the alternative weekly paper said were 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,” said Michelle White, Goins’ attorney.
Cueto says he’s recovered from playoff injury
Johnny Cueto’s postseason ended after eight pitches, a disappointing way to finish an otherwise stellar year. After taking time off, he has recovered from the injury that cost the Cincinnati Reds their ace and played a major role in their first-round elimination.
The 19-game winner said he’s had no lingering problems from the pulled muscles in his right side that knocked him out of the playoff opener in San Francisco.
“I feel good,” Cueto said. “I feel 100 percent.”
Yankees acquire Kelley from Mariners
The New York Yankees have added depth to their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.
The 28-year-old Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 appearances for Seattle last season and figures to fill a middle-relief role with the Yankees.