Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez spoke to reporters, including Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, this morning regarding his connection to Biogenesis and continued to claim his innocence. He believes he will be cleared by MLB of any wrongdoing and explained his name ended up in Anthony Bosch's records because his father, Max Gonzalez, was a patient of the operator's weight-loss clinic.
"My father already admitted that he was a patient there, a legitimate patient," Gonzalez said. "And then after that, you know how my father is. All of South Florida, all of baseball knows that my father is the most proud father in baseball. Says hi, tells everybody about his son. That's the best I can say. Other than that, I have no clue why my name was on that list, or on the notebook or anything."
Gonzalez added that he fully cooperated with MLB officials and is now waiting for the results of the league's investigation. While the initial report of his connection to Biogenesis "stunned" and "shocked" him, he says he's since been overwhelmed by the support he's received from teammates and fans.
The Nationals acquired Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics along with Robert Gilliam last offseason in exchange for A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and Brad Peacock. He went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA in his first year with Washington and owns a career ERA of 3.65 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.11 over five seasons in the majors.