We knew this was coming eventually, but now it has finally come. McGwire was taking steroids in 1998 when he broke the home run record. Excerpts from his statement, which have been leaked:
- “I wish I had never touched steroids. It
was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I
wish I had never played during the steroid era.”
- “I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what
people have suspected”
- “I’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs
had I never taken steroids. I had good years when I
didn’t take any, and I had bad years when I didn’t take any. I had good
years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids.
But no matter what, I shouldn’t have done it and for that I’m truly
- “After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a
position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but
now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about
it. I’ll do that, and then I just want to help my team.”
- “I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason and
then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the ’90s,
including during the 1998 season.”
- “During the mid-’90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games
over five years. I experienced a lot
of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a
stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was
definitely a miserable bunch of years, and I told myself that steroids
could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and
prevent injuries, too.”
- “Baseball is really different now — it’s been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players’ association implemented
testing and they cracked down, and I’m glad they did.”
The AP report says that McGwire also used human growth hormone, though McGwire didn’t include that
detail in his statement.
Nationals pitcher Bronson Arroyo has partial tears of tendons in his rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Considering he’s 39 years old, no one would fault him if he decided to call it quits. But he has one more idea, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports: Arroyo is going to throw side-arm, or at least three-quarters.
“It hurts when he gets on top [of the baseball],” manager Dusty Baker said. He continued, “So we’re taking our time. And if not, if nothing else, he’s a good guy to have in your organization.”
Arroyo missed the latter half of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Prior to that, he was known as a workhorse, racking up at least 199 innings in each of nine seasons between 2005-13.
Padres pitcher Robbie Erlin has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and he’ll need Tommy John surgery as a result, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Times reports. Erlin landed on the disabled list on April 21. Now he’ll miss the rest of the season and likely the beginning of the 2017 season as well.
Erlin, 25, posted a 4.02 ERA with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings spanning two starts and one relief appearance to begin the 2016 season.
Cesar Vargas moved into the rotation in Erlin’s absence and has pitched well thus far in two starts, yielding only one earned run with a 9/6 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings.
Reds reliever Caleb Cotham allowed a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Giants, setting a rather ignominious club record. It marks the 21st consecutive game in which the Reds’ bullpen has allowed a run, setting a new major league record, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out.
Entering Tuesday’s action, the Reds’ bullpen had been by far the worst in the majors with a 6.54 ERA. The Padres’ bullpen, second-worst, is comparatively much better at 5.27.
The last time the Reds’ bullpen had a clean night was April 10 against the Pirates. That afternoon, Dan Straily, Jumbo Diaz, and Ross Ohlendorf combined for five scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory.
Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy for an offseason incident in which he allegedly pushed and choked his girlfriend, then discharged a firearm at least eight times in his garage. Monday marks game number 30, and Chapman is set to rejoin the club then, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Manager Joe Girardi plans to insert Chapman directly into the closer’s role if a save situation arises against the Royals on Monday.
Chapman will make two appearances in the Gulf Coast League this week to continue warming up. He had been throwing in extended spring training games at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa.
The Yankees acquired Chapman from the Reds at the end of December, sending Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, and Tony Renda to Cincinnati in return. While the back end of the bullpen hasn’t been an issue for the Yankees, seemingly everything else has for the 8-15, last place club.