Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo admits he took amphetamines. Whether that put him on the 2003 list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, he says he’s not sure.
“What I said was anybody could be on the list,” Arroyo said before Cincinnati played Colorado on Friday night. “I said I wouldn’t be surprised if I was.”
Arroyo, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 2003-05, was quoted in Friday’s Boston Herald as saying he took androstenedione and amphetamines, which could have produced positive tests. Any player who tested positive was supposed to be informed by the players union, and Arroyo said he was never notified.
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were among the 104 players whose names were on the list. Arroyo played with them in Boston.
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“There’s plenty of things that guys would like to take that we’re not allowed to any more,” he said. “Honestly, I would love to not take any of the supplements I take. I’d love to wake up in the morning and have some fruit and a bowl of cereal and have a good lunch, and maybe take a multivitamin for the day, but the reality is, I’m probably not going to be as good a major league pitcher if I do.”
The Angels are getting closer to having Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter back in their lineup. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that both Guerrero and Hunter are making good progress and that it is possible both could be playing as soon as next week. … The Padres have fired hitting coach Jim Lefebvre and replaced him with Randy Ready. The Padres, last in the majors in runs scored (380) and batting average (.232), made the move Friday. Lefebvre previously managed the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. Ready, 49, was managing at Triple-A Portland and will serve as hitting coach for the rest of the season. … Sent to the lower minor leagues earlier this season to work on his mechanics, Fausto Carmona, a 19-game winner for the Indians in 2007, was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Friday’s series opener against the first-place Detroit Tigers. … Rays right-hander Matt Garza has been fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a pitch. Garza hit Teixeira in the fifth inning Wednesday night, then said he did it because he’s tired of opposing pitchers throwing at Rays All-Star Evan Longoria.