As if this week in MLB couldn’t get crazier.
On the heels of the Astros cheating saga that has rocked the sport, the league and union on Friday dismissed an unsupported claim that Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout was using human growth hormone (HGH), the banned performance-enhancing drug.
“Since the inception of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Drug Prevention Program, no major league or minor league player has ever received a therapeutic use exemption for, or otherwise received permission to use, Human Growth Hormone (HGH),” read a joint statement from MLB and MLBPA.
Players can seek to use substances on baseball’s banned list through their personal physicians, but all requests must be approved by baseball’s doctors. According to the Los Angeles times, the majority of therapeutic use exemptions have been for drugs that address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Though the statement did not mention the 28-year-old, three-time American League MVP by name, it was issued after the son of Yankees World Series 1998 MVP Scott Brosius accused Trout of using HGH.
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